All of us are constantly in search of feeling that connect us to reality – with people, places and self.
Our consumerist culture separates us from the real world in various ways, damaging our self and disconnecting us from reality. We end up living a fake life trying to be someone we’re not.
Our culture has deformed our minds to believe that to be happy we have to look a certain way, live in a certain place, hang out with a certain kind of people.
It is become a part of our upbringing where our parents, our teachers, our mentors who themselves are victims of these unhealthy cultural influences end up influencing our minds too.
The way to break out of this dogma is to be creatively engaged, not just when we are small but throughout our lives.
Creative Engagements are necessary because the creative connection through mediums like art, music, poetry, storytelling, and theater helps us connect with reality and instills self-awareness, improving the quality of life through increased self-esteem and self-confidence building a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
I think people who are creative are the luckiest people on earth. I know that there are no shortcuts, but you must keep your faith in something Greater than You, and keep doing what you love. Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world. – Judy Collins
And of all the responsibilities as parents, one that needs a lot of our attention in this generation is the responsibility to help our children connect with reality through creative engagements.
Even though there are schools and educational institutions that have the so called creative engagement programs in their curriculum but I see them as more like a checklist and not sure how much heart and passion is put into it.
Sadly creative pursuits have become competitive activities just like other subjects. It fails to accomplish the purpose.
“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. – Albert Einstein
The only way as parents we can influence our children is by taking the lead to first pursue the need for creative engagements in our own lives, experience the benefits ourselves, model it for our children and finally take initiatives to help them pursue their own path to creative engagements bigger and better then what we have accomplished.