How thinking like a kid can help you find your muse
“THE MOST POTENT MUSE OF ALL IS OUR OWN INNER CHILD.”
The world through a child’s eyes is full of magic, wonder and questions that need to be asked. Adults, impeded by all their learned logic and reasoning have trouble seeing things this way and their creative spirit suffers because of it. Next time you need to find your muse, try looking at the world through the eyes of a child and see if this new sense of freedom can help spark your muse.
“A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer. “ ~Author Unknown
Have you ever had a child ask you a question that you cannot possibly answer? For a child, no question is taboo. They are willing to ask the tough questions that point to all the world’s inconsistencies. Unimpeded by learned social mores and taboos, a child is willing to approach subjects that most adults refuse to go near.
Why do people have different religions?
Why are people homeless?
Why do people go hungry?
What is wrong with having two daddies or two mommies?
“There's nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child.” ~Frank A. Clark
Having a sense of childlike curiosity can help open up your eyes to the reasons behind your own values and beliefs. By allowing yourself to ask the tough questions that most adults refuse to go near, you might find yourself coming up with not only a reason why you think and act a certain way, but inspiration on how to change the things about the world that you would normally turn a blind eye towards. For example, instead of ignoring the question of homelessness, you might force yourself to really take a good look into the reason behind homelessness and ask yourself why someone should be sleeping on a street in this day and age. This might inspire you to come up with a creative solution, or at least do what you can to help stop homelessness in your area.
“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.” ~Walt Streightiff
For a child, the world is still full of magic and wonder. Adults, filled to the brim with learned logic and harsh reasoning have more trouble seeing the magic behind a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, or the wonder of flying through the air. While a creak in the night might fill a kid’s mind with images of ghosts, monsters or other creepy crawlies, it only serves as a reminder to their parents to get that one step fixed. Do not get me wrong, logic and reasoning does have its place in our lives, but sometimes in order to find inspiration for a creative problem, you might need to look at something through the eyes of a child.
Next time your learned logic brings you to a creative dead end, try to see the situation through the eyes of a child. For example, if you are a photographer looking to tackle off shore oil drilling. How would a five year old look at the problem of millions of gallons of crude oil washing up on the shore? What would be more important to them? How would they look at the loss of their favorite recreational spots or the loss of their favorite types of wildlife? This might help give you an idea on what type of images you would like capture.