by Maren Oslac
Dance sits squarely in the creative portion of life, and for most people, it’s an ‘extra’ – ‘a nice thing to do if I have the time and resources.’ But should creativity be relegated to that space in our lives, and in our minds?
I went to college ‘pre-med’, top of my class. My dad was so proud of me. Sophomore year, I changed to a double major of studio art and sociology (with a minor in French). I was still top in my class, but dad and I were no longer seeing eye to eye.
He was paying for my schooling and told me that he would not pay for me to get a degree in art. So I applied for student loans …and he went through the roof. We finally sat and talked about my decision and he realized that I was not only clear and focused, but 100% set on my decision. He grudgingly supported me.
I had chosen pre-med for 2 reasons. First and foremost, because I wanted to be in service to people, and what better way than to be a doctor! But the only reason I believed being a doctor was the best route for me was because I had bought into the notion the arts (and my passion for it) were not ‘real’ careers, but secondary ‘extras’. Luckily for me, it didn’t take a lifetime, but only a year, for me to realize I was on the wrong path for me.
I recently read the following post of Richard Branson’s, and I was thrilled. Virgin.com has a complete ‘Creative Matters’ campaign and is reaching out and supporting Creativity! Not so surprising when Sir Branson himself channeled his abundance of creativity into founding multiple, successful business (and a full dynasty)!
Are you encouraging your creativity, or stuffing it in a drawer only to be pulled out when you ‘have the time and resources’? Where could you add creativity into your daily routine?
From Richard Branson’s post on Creativity:
“For our latest Spotlight series on Virgin.com, we are delving deep into our next topic of Creative Matters, looking at how businesses are supporting creative talent, inspirational campaigns and why strong creative talent is so important to business and society.
With this in mind, I’ve put together my top ten quotes on Creative Matters to get you inspired:”
10. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
9. “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?” – George Bernard Shaw
8. “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein
7. “What makes you different or weird – that’s your strength.” – Meryl Streep
6. “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Dorothy Parker
5. “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent van Gogh
4. “When all think alike, then no one is thinking.” – Walter Lippman
3. “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.” – Dr Seuss
2. “Imagination is the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not; it is the foundation of all invention and innovation.” – J. K. Rowling
1. “Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.” – Ernest Hemingway
Originally published as a part of My Top 10 Quotes on Creativity at virigin.com.