How childhood memories can help spark your muse
"KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH CHILDHOOD MEMORIES KEEPS US BELIEVING IN LIFE´S SIMPLEST PLEASURES LIKE A RAINY AFTERNOON, A SWINGSET, AND A GIANT PUDDLE TO PLAY IN."
Looking through old photo albums, reminiscing with loved ones, or just thinking about your childhood can help bring memories and ideas that you can then use to help spark your muse. Remembering how you acted and thought as a kid and comparing it to how you are now can help spur the wheels of creativity.
Shine on you crazy diamond
“Remember when you were young”- Roger Waters
When my parents last visited me, my mother came bearing a thoughtful yet embarrassing gift. She had put together a photo album that contained pictures of me from cute childhood to awkward looking teenage years. While, I did manage to turn a few shades red as my girlfriend and I paged through the album, I could not help but start waxing nostalgic as I peered into these portals to my past and began to remember how great it was to be a kid.
One of these photos shows me celebrating my third birthday in my stylish overall farmer pants and striped shirt. A giant cake sits on the table and next to it is an orange cup with a smiley face (I always had a thing for orange). In the background are a metallic yellow step chair and aged white bureau. I remember nothing of this event that occurred for than 30 years ago, but I do remember that step chair and white bureau. I remember using that step chair to get into trouble on numerous occasions, and the white bureau is still in my parent’s house.
Looking at both of these pieces of furniture in this three decade old piece of photo paper and thinking about my childhood opens up several creative paths for me. My first thought goes to the step chair (which a sort of combination high chair and stool) and its sleek streamlined look. At the time the picture was taken the chair was probably 25 years old, yet when you look at the picture, your eyes cannot help but flash towards the chrome and metallic piece of furniture. This gives me a good idea on the type of table and chair set I would love to put in my kitchen and sets my creative wheels spinning on how I could get my hands on some retro furniture.
Whether or not you have a mother who likes to put together embarrassing photo albums, tapping into your childhood memories can help you find the creative inspiration you need for whatever project you happen to be working on. You do not really need an old photo in order to tap into those rich childhood memories. Sometimes an object from your past, even a smell, can trigger memories. You can also try talking about it, writing about it or just thinking about it.
Try thinking about what it was like to be a child and what the world looked like to you. Think about what was important back then and what you believed. Think about what has changed for you since then, Try to remember the styles and trends from back then and how things have changed or stayed the same. By doing so, you might find yourself tapping into all types of creative ideas. For example, a creative consultant can remember an old toy or device that he used to love as a kid and try to revive it, or a producer can get ideas for the next summer blockbuster by thinking about the action shows he watched as a kid.