How talking to children can lead you to your muse
"ALL CHILDREN ARE ARTISTS. THE PROBLEM IS HOW TO REMAIN AN ARTIST ONCE HE GROWS UP"
Some very insightful grains of inspiration can issue forth from the lips of children. Next time you are looking for your muse, try talking to a kid (really talking to them) and see if what they have to say can help put you on the right path to your muse.
Having worked in the service industry for most of my adult life, I know how important it is to listen and respond to the kids who come through the shop. These little tykes are not only the costumers of tomorrow, they are also the little business beacons today. Talking to a kid and taking their questions seriously not only helps you gain a better understanding on certain products, but also gives you insight into what people may be looking for.
Ever really talk to a kid? Not just talk at one, or down to one, but actually talk to one like you would talk to any other adult? Kids are a lot more perceptive than we adults generally give credit for. In between all that running and noise making, kids are actually paying attention to the world and forming thoughts, opinions and ideas. Have a serious conversation with a kid and you might be surprised how insightful they can be and how refreshing their views of the world are, especially when compared to the grounded and jaded thoughts of an adult who has already been through the ringer of life.
Next time you are looking for new ideas and inspiration, why not try having a little talk with a child and see if their take on the world can bring to you new insight for your own creative ideas. With their ability to solve even the most complex problems with simple solutions and their inability to be fooled by prejudices and stereotypes, a child’s words can help cut through the thought weeds and help bring sunlight to your new idea flowers.
Here are some examples of how talking to a kid might be able to help you out creatively:
An architect designing a new home might want to ask some children his opinion on what would make a perfect house. While the moat or the Ferris Wheel on the roof ideas might not be feasible, the suggestions of a game room or a giant sand box might give you some new creative design ideas that you can actually work with.
A restaurateur might want to ask some kids what type of things they would like to see on the menu. Children sometimes have some unique ideas on what tastes good, and asking them about their favorite dishes might not only help you create a kids menu, but even come up with new bold cuisine ideas for the regular “adult” menu.