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Never grow up

Thomas was looking at the painting. He was impressed. It’s different, he said. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen, he continued. The colors, even the colors are remarkable. How did she do it?

It was 8 pm, and I was hungry. Thomas was still talking about the painting. The discussion was fascinating. But he always ended with the same question; how did she do it?

It’s the artist’s way, I said. I wasn’t really trying to answer his question. It just happened. I looked up in the sky, imagining the clouds dancing, surrounding me.

What’s the artist’s way, Thomas asked?

I wasn’t expecting the question. I didn’t have an answer, but without thinking much, it came out naturally. They play, I said. They practice creativity by playing. Like the spontaneous activity of children. That’s how, I said.

I was still looking at the dancing clouds, as I said it. I could see a glimps of the sun. I was smiling as I imagined what Thomas was thinking.

18 responses to “Never grow up”

  1. Hey Jens,

    surely, creativity requires that you stay young at heart. Growing up in a way takes away that spark that comes naturally to an artist.

    I don’t think a non-artist will get the answer that easily – as it is not really maths that has a certain process of solving something.

    • Hey Shobha,

      I believe we all need to add time to play each day. I’m lucky to have three kids, and they help me stay young at hear, and by playing a lot I find different solutions and different paths to walk 🙂

  2. Hi Jens,

    Love the interesting questions kids come up with, and you answered Thomas so well here.

    Their creative minds have a lot of questions, which at times can marvel parents to think too! I guess as you are so creative as a write yourself, you replied his so aptly.

    Thanks for sharing, and have a nice week ahead. We meet once I’m back from my little summer break now, though to work this time, just as I mentioned in my latest post. Till then, be well and take care 🙂

    • Hi Harleena

      Yes, my youngest son are asking all sorts of questions (he’ll be 3 years old this year) and sometimes it’s hard not to laugh. But I understand why he is asking the questions. He hasn’t had much experience in life, and “everything” is new to him.

      Have a wonderful summer vacation Harleena.

  3. Jane says:

    Hey Jens,

    I so agree with this. Growing up hinders creativity in many ways. Staying childish allows us to freely play – without all the rules and constraints that we “learn” and get “wired” as we grow up!

    Its funny how growing up can hinder something – but when it comes to creativity it is an undeniable fact. I’ve experienced this many times myself!

    Thanks for sharing this with us 🙂 Have a wonderful rest of the week!


    • Hey Jane,

      Yes, staying childish is for me the key to creativity. Some people might find it weird and might not even like it, but creativity is an important part of my business and how I live my life 🙂

  4. Hi Jens,

    It is amazing how we all, as children have creative minds. Then we grow up and seem to loose that. I do believe there is a child within us all. We only need the courage to tap into it.

    I do…sometimes I find myself doing silly things. If I see a swing, I still will take a shot at it and swing high as I can, looking at the clouds, feeling like I’m part of the sky. That is one example. And that sure makes me feel great.

    It comes down to courage to do silly things, and with that we can touch our creative side.


  5. Josh says:

    Kids are always more creative than they are sometimes given credit for. Some of it is because when you haven’t been taught or learned that certain things are impossible you don’t limit your imagination.

  6. Angela says:

    hello….when it comes to creativity you have to let things flow,over thinking can ruin creativity.

  7. Arbaz Khan says:

    This is so true.
    When a person grows up, their creativity declines and they are not able to come up with new ideas. Being childish might be one of the best things that an adult can have.

    • Hi Arbaz,

      This is true for many people. I understand why. We see limits instead of freedom, and we look at what other people / businesses are doing, instead of thinking about what we should be doing.

  8. Such a profound question and appropriate answer. Creativity is so different from the rest of our lives. Want to know how to make that cake? Here’s the recipe. How is that house built? Here are the blueprints.

    Most things are created from a plan, but not creative things. Using our minds to creative uniqueness is the exact opposite of having a plan.

  9. Yasin Rishad says:

    Hi Jens,
    Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed. They are growing up their creativity from childhood that’s very inspiring. One thing i would like to say for creativity is Create what you love, also love what you create. Your kids are very innovative

    • Hi Yasin,

      I believe that creativity is now a lot more about practicing and working hard to be innovative, than it is something we’re born with. I now that I’m a lot more creative when I play and when I’m around my kids, but still, I add a lot of time each day to practice and work hard.

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