You know the things people say about them: they’re naive, irresponsible and rebellious. Often, parents don’t support their kids when they gravitate toward creative subjects in school.
It’s sad, really, because we’ll never know how far a kid’s creativity could have gone.
When I Was a Kid, I Wanted to Be a Rock & Roll Star
I was very musically inclined from an early age. My mom was trained as a traditional pianist. She tried to teach me. I wasn’t interested. I wanted to write pop songs. I wanted to create my own music rather than playing other people’s music. My parents never supported my musical individuality.
Imagine if my parents had supported my musical talent? Imagine if they’d have sent me to a school like Berklee College of Music. My life might be completely different than what it is today.
I’m happy with who I am and what I’ve become. That’s not the point. The point is that we should support creativity.
Imagine a World Without Imagination
Without imagination, The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain would not exist. Without imagination, we’d have no books, no music, no movies. Without imagination, we’d have no Internet, no blogs. You wouldn’t be reading this post because it wouldn’t exist.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to imagine a world without imagination. In fact, I want to do the opposite. I want to promote imagination. I want to support creativity. I want to imagine and create.
Don’t let others steal your creativity. Don’t let people tell you that there’s no future in writing, art, or music. Without writing, art, and music there may be no future. For it’s imagination that brings dreams alive and gives us hope for a better world.