For one of my courses, I had to do a presentation on a piece of writing that has changed the way I think.
My presentation was based on a book titled How to Be an Explorer of the World. The book describes how artists and scientists analyze the world around them in unexpected yet similar ways, by observing, collecting, documenting, analyzing, and comparing.
Why did this book attract my attention? I already had a lot of preconceptions about what makes a person creative. It showed me that there are many ways to be creative.
It showed me that creativity is much more than having the ability to write or paint or invent. My creativity comes from exploring the world, discovering little places or things to share with friends, family, and myself.
Since I’ve started this course, I have spent a lot of time on the Internet searching information for my assignments. My searches have taken me to interesting websites that are opening my world in so many different ways.
One website that I enjoy reading is www.brainpickings.org, written by Maria Popova. To me, this site has the perfect balance of good design, good content, and inspirational images and quotes – in other words, a little bit of everything. This quote from the website says it all: “Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why, bringing you things you didn’t know you were interested in — until you are.” I also like the sites definition of creativity: “Because creativity, after all, is a combinatorial force. It’s our ability to tap into the mental pool of resources — ideas, insights, knowledge, inspiration — that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways.”
As a student, I have learned that everybody can find his/her own voice. Just as there are many ways to be creative, there is not one way to do things; reinvention is necessary. This discovery has allowed me to accept who I am and given me the energy to explore my own type of creativity.
I hope you enjoy.