It might be a bit underwhelming for me to say that boredom is what fuels my imagination. I came from a childhood where I spent a majority time either reading or writing. If I was unable to do either one of these things (on my way to school) I would listen to the radio and creative living worlds to match the songs.
Video games were not a thing in my life until I was around 8 years old. One of my older cousins introduced me to Pokémon and I was hooked. However I did not have a Gameboy Color until I was 11 and my first game was Pokémon Silver. I played Pokémon Blue on a PC like many kids my age who did have a PC but not a game system.
But I digress, the real topic here is when I feel most creative.
This is largely subjective, isn’t it?
Now that I’m older (not so much wiser) how do I obtain that level creativity that I had as a child?
Walking the streets of Amsterdam brings a lot of inspiration. Every person has a story to tell. I’m getting to know a lot of my neighbors around me and so many of them came from vastly different backgrounds. Sander’s grandparents are even an inspiration. They were children during WWII and I can’t even imagine what they went though. I love looking at the pictures around the house. Grandma’s father stands tall and proud next to his brother. Grandpa was a magician when he was younger and he also has a twin brother. Right there is a love and war story, three children growing up during a horrific time of war… Such a story reminds me of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I do recommend it!
I also feel creative when the seasons change in a huge way. What do I mean? Summer was so distinctly different from autumn. Summer nights have given way to chilly ones where the air is thick with the scent of burning wood. Everyone is wearing heavy coats and scarves. I feel a bit like I stand out when I go out in a hoodie and cargo jacket. I’m underdressed in a society where I’m still an outsider.
Regardless, this is my home now and I sometimes feel more inspired than when I lived in California. However, I listen to more Youtube vloggers and gamers than music… Sometimes I believe I get creative ideas when I watch these people too. If they can do something, why can’t I?
It’s important to understand there are different degrees of creativity. From using an artistic talent to create, to rocking a fashion statement… These are all levels of inner creativity coming out and breathing
So the question stands, when do you feel most creative?