When I was in high school, I used to write a lot of stories after I came from school and weekends. Writing has always been my comfort which it helped me through rough times during my teenage years. I would write stories ranging from fantasy worlds to writing about my favorite TV shows and video games. Writing was my escape where I played around with my imagination a lot.
Beyond just writing, I used to draw a lot and joined an online art community when I was in my late teens and early twenties. I made a lot of friends, who were enthusiastic artists and love to share their creative works to the world. Every night, I would draw or write to share with my artist friends. As I got older, I fear that I would lose my creativity, making me a bit obsessive to write or draw anything that came off the top of my head. I thought the older I would I get, the less creative I would get.
While it is true that age may play a factor and having more responsibilities when you get older could contribute to being less creative. It may not be the case completely from what I learned.
A blog article called, Does age make you any less creative? and it shows a view of why and how people tend to be less creative over time. Tanner pointed out,
The reason so many adults begin to feel as though they aren’t as creative as they once were is because they lock themselves into situations that are repetitive or boring.
Maybe that might not be true for all adults, but I remember speaking with adults who “used to be creative” were in situations like this when I was younger. It provokes me with this fear growing up to be an uncreative adult. The truth is that no one loses their creative, but we can lose our motivation to be creative. Tanner’s article also pointed out some good tips about how to keep in touch with your creative side. One tip was to break out of routine sometimes to challenge yourself. Which is a good idea if you want to exercise your creative muscles.
In conclusion, it was a silly thought of me to think that I would simply lose my creative side just by growing older. So during the holiday season, I was able to find the time to write short stories which I ended up writing longer during the day. I also had fun doing it just as I did when was a teenager. Creativity never ends when you get old!
So, what do you do keep your creative muscles up? Do you ever feel that you were less creative when you get older or you still feel same?