I was at a dinner party recently with an industrial design professor and we had a really interesting discussion. When I asked about his work, he told me that he typically spends the entire first two years of any design major’s undergrad just trying to re-engage their creativity.
He told me that if you walk into any kindergarten classroom and ask the kiddos who is creative, almost all little hands will go up. Then he said that if you do the same thing to high school seniors, maybe one or two hands will go up.
He theorized that our educational system stymies our individual creativity and, when you think about it, it makes total sense. How can kids be expected to think outside of the box when we force their thinking into rigid conformity with standardized testing and a hyper-competitive (v. collective/collaborative) academic environment???
I’m glad to hear that you are embracing yours.