I've been thinking a lot lately about creativity and inspiration. Where does it come from? What are the best ways to channel it? How do you find it again when it's gone?
I'm sure you've all asked yourself the same thing from time to time.
The other day, my 5-year-old taught me a lesson in creativity. My two sons and I were playing a game on PS3 called Little Big Planet. It's awesome, you may have heard of it.
There is an online community where kids can create their own levels and upload them for others to play. We were checking out some of the levels from that section, when we stumbled upon one where the description was written in Japanese characters.
My younger son just barely turned 5, and is still pretty new to reading, so we were reading the descriptions to him. He asked what this one said and I told him I didn't know. It was in a different language that I couldn't read.
He stared at it for a minute before nodding and stating, "I can read it."
My older son and I both looked at him, wondering what he was talking about, but he didn't bat an eye or even smile. He just looked at us.
"You can, huh? What does it say?" I finally asked.
He looked back at the screen and said with gusto, "It says: Hello! My name is Indigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!"
We laughed until our sides hurt. It was the cutest, most unexpected thing I'd ever seen.
That was his creative side showing. Just being open to it seems to work for him. What works for you?