Reading. Writing. Blogging. Singing. Colorguard. Musical theatre. Photography. Dance. These are the things that I enjoy.
As a young child, and all through my growing years, creativity has been instilled in me. I read every book that I could get my hands on. I wrote stories and plays and put on talent shows for my family. I started singing at a young age. I took dance classes. I did every drama club activity that was offered to me. I was very competitive in guard. I took pictures. I made scrapbooks.
The older I get, the more my creativity seems to grow. As I am maturing, all of my past thoughts and ideas grow and develop along with me. Now, more than ever, I find myself daydreaming...just thinking of all of the stories that I want to tell and the stuff that I want to create. I feel like imagination and creativity tend to be associated with childhood. What I am learning though, is, childhood is only the mere beginning of the ability to create. Adulthood gives us the opportunity to actually go through with our ideas.
In today's society, most people are going to think you're crazy if you tell them these thoughts. We have been given this false notion that as we age, imagination and daydreams have to be replaced with reality and logic. While it is true that we have to learn responsibility and "the ways of the world," still holding on to the creative strands of your identity doesn't have to be a negative thing.
Just as some people lean towards being creative, others lean towards being logical, or rational. I have to admit, these people who are blessed with the ability to view all things logically seem to have a bit more of a leg up in the world. This seems to be especially true when it comes to surviving in a typical workplace. From what I have observed, when it comes to education, creative minded people seem to be more apt to study things that they find interesting or enjoyable, rather than what will actually help them get jobs in the future. Logical people on the other hand, study with their future careers in mind.
Therefore, us creative people end up getting unexpectedly placed into the structured work world unprepared, because we can't always find jobs doing something that reflects our talents. Adjusting to the 8-5 office world has been really difficult for me, because the way that I naturally think doesn't coincide with the work that I am given to do. For nine hours a day, I have had to train my brain to forget about words and music and promising ideas, and instead focus on data and numbers and audits. This isn't easy, and it causes me to struggle with overall happiness. I try so hard to be a good employee and focus on the tasks at hand, but I still find myself zoned out, daydreaming, and thinking about the next twist in my novel or blog posts for next week.
It's a learning process. As long as I'm having to work this type of job, it will continue to be a learning process. Sometimes I wish I had been given the ability to think more logically, but then I realize that I wouldn't be the person that I am today. For now, I just try to view it as a learning experience. It will make me a stronger, more mature person. In the end, the experience will just be proof that I am able to do things that I didn't initially believe I could do.