Creativity and Childhood
After reading an article by Ricky Gervais titled “Creativity is the Ability to Play” I started thinking about the relationship between creativity and childhood. When I stumble upon my old music I cringe at the technical side but relish in the creative side.
A favorite show of mine is “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” The way I describe the show to people is a group of friends who imitate modern society. In other words, they pretend to be part of the real world. It’s a lot like kids playing dress up and taking turns putting on a white coat and pressing a stethoscope on each other’s head. The flip side to the show is while imitating society they bring about the absurdity of what we value so much in the “real world” of adulthood.
Another interesting dynamic is Turk and J.D. from the show “Scrubs.” At different points in the show they dress up as “The World’s Most Giant Doctor,” make up a song and dance for special occasions, and create goofy games like “Find the Saltine,” “Graveled,” and even play hide-and-seek with each other. Their friendship is something you’d expect to see on a playground. The flip side to the show is that they are both accomplished doctors.
I realize these are just TV shows but let us not forget that these are popular shows. We watch these for a reason whether consciously or unconsciously. I think we’re attracted to these shows based on an inverse relationship we have between our age and our desiredage.
When we’re young we wanna’ be old and when we’re old we wanna’ be young.
When I was a kid I used to dream of the places I would go if I could drive. Mainly, Party City and Toys R’ Us. Nowadays, I usually just drive to work and occasionally I’ll go to Kroger. 8-year old Ryan would probably smack me with his yellow and blue stethoscope if he saw me now. Then he would apologize and we would eat Dunkaroos and watch “Recess” together.
So how can we keep our curiosity and artistic ambition from diminishing over the years?
One important way is to try new things. Eat new foods, go to new places, meet new people, read books, listen to new music. Oh, and CREATE.
Kanye West said in a recent interview “the more I get to create, the younger I feel.”
Say what you want about Kanye, but right now he’s part of the top tier in his field. And he’s there for a reason. A few reasons being “Stronger,” “Flashing Lights,” and “American Boy.”
Of course, much like Sway, I don’t have the answers. It’s up to you to engage your youthful creativity. And I have full faith that you’ll succeed.
Ricky Gervais’ article: http://www.rickygervais.com/rickyoncreativity.php