Lately I’ve been learning a truth that I was reminded of today in an article posted on “Story Warren”: that unless we carefully guard it, our creativity and imagination can quickly be pushed out of the way by our to-do lists of “grown up” things (work responsibilities being at the top of my present list). In the aforementioned article, the author shares a quote from Brenda Ueland:
You know that all children have … creative power. But this joyful, imaginative, impassioned energy dies out of us very young. Why? Because we do not see that it is great and important; because we let dry obligation take its place; because we don’t respect it in ourselves and keep it alive by using it […]
The cure is to remember that creativity–in the many forms it is manifested–is certainly a great and important thing. For me, engaging in creative endeavors, be it through enjoying another’s creative expression in a story or looking at the world through my camera lens or even creating an activity that awakens my students to the actual meaning involved in the grammar points we’re learning, awakens my heart in a way that no perfect completion of “dry obligation” ever has. And so we must carve out and prioritize the time given over to nurturing creativity, as we do for anything that we deem important.
One evening this past week, as the day progressed to evening, a photography-loving friend called and invited me to join her in playing with the light and finding opportunities for capturing sun-flare-infused images. I almost said no, but I’m glad we went. The photographs displayed on this post are a few from that refreshing evening.