How thinking about the future can help you find your muse
THE BEST WAY TO PREDICT THE FUTURE IS TO INVENT IT.
If you find yourself stuck on a particular subject, try playing Nostradamus and imagine what the future might hold for it. By projecting your thinking forward and imagining what may come, you might find yourself snapping out of your frozen mindset and find new inspiration to propel you creatively forward.
In the Year 2000
Way back when I was still in grade school, the new millennium still felt like it was a lifetime away (13 years is a long way to go for a 10 year old). Being a big fan of science fiction even back then, I used to sit around and ponder what the world was going to be like when we finally reached this important milestone date. I wondered if it would be anything like what all the old science fiction writers predicted it was going to be like with regular rocket ships to Mars, a city on the moon and video phones that you wore around your wrist.
Even as I got older and it seemed less and less likely that I would be having a picnic in the shadows of Olympus Mons any time soon, dreams of what was in store for the new millennium still held my imagination captive. As new technologies and trends emerged, and global politics shifted, I still imagined what the next decade was going to bring us. Along with everybody else, I wondered what things would be like in the future. My rocket ship fantasies dissipated, only to be replaced with dreams about online worlds and zoos filled with dinosaurs.
I still believed in the future and as I imagined what tomorrow was going to be like, others were taking their future dreams and using them to move creatively forward. As the Year 2000 rolled around, the world was indeed a different place thanks to these creative thinkers. The World Wide Web had grown and expanding, allowing people to not only share ideas and information, but also to shop, play, and find great music. The human genome was cracked and sheep were cloned, bringing with them ethical questions that helped stoke the creative minds of writers, artists, thinkers and scientists around the world.
Even as the new millennium enters its second decade, I still find myself thinking about what the future holds and what new things are on the horizon. I like to look at the world and play Nostradamus, imagining what the future holds and then using the ideas as inspiration for my own creative process. Next time you are looking for new ideas, you should also try looking forward into the future and see if it can spur your creativity.
For example, a shoe designer can imagine where skateboarding might be heading and try to think up of different types of skateboard shoes that will mesh well with the skateboards of the future. Or, a fashion designer can ponder the future of the worlds growing cities and design clothing that is both sustainable and functional for future city life. No matter what creative subject you are trying to tackle, looking forward into its future possibilities will help give you ideas on what you could do with it today.