I've noticed that I must have some kind of creative outlet- and this varies at different times in my life. Some of my favorites have been scrap booking, writing, poetry, quilting. home improvement and my current hobby which has turned into a side-business (can you call it a business if you spend all of your earnings, plus some, on equipment??)- photography. If I don't utilize one of these outlets- I feel like I start to lose part of myself. I have this urge to create something.
The readings were interesting this week because all of the authors referenced or encouraged some form of journaling as a tool to enhance creativity (A WUP I suppose....yes- during one of our lunch breaks during our long-yet interesting- weekend adventure that was"Project Management," I bought the book online after you mentioned it in class)
So, here I am- journaling in it's latest form! (No, it has nothing to do with the fact that my grade happens to depend on it- please- give me a little credit!) Many of the world's geniuses- from inventors to artists to composers- have kept notebooks- some have even written thousands of pages. I think it's a really interesting common thread that seems to be woven amongst the very most creative. In my real life, well, let's just say time seems to be in short supply. Many things get bumped from my to-do list- and in reality- sometimes spending an evening watching Prison Break or Scrubs with my last spare hour- seems a more appropriate use of time.
The extent of my journaling is my letters I write to my daughter. Each month, from the day I found out I was carrying that little bean, I sit down and write her a letter, describing what fascinating things she is doing, how she makes me laugh, and I even try to impart some piece of wisdom. It just seems like being a parent is such an amazing blessing and I hate to think of all of those wonderfully simple moments being gone forever.
PS- There was one other thing that I read was worth mentioning because it related so well to my first blog. (you know- the bitter I'm sick of taking classes part??) One of the authors mentioned that some suma cum laude grad students were given their finals a second time a month after taking them for real- and they all failed! So, the basic equation here is: pay money, take classes, pay more money for outrageously expensive text books because you can't use the 8th edition (which sells for $3 at Amazon) because only the 9th edition is capable of teaching you these amazing concepts (it happens to sell for the low, low price of $96.50 at Amazon), read the book, memorize the problems in the book, cram for test, get degree. I think that sums it up. BUT, the real kicker is that the learning doesn't really seem to be a critical part of the equation. (in most classes- of course some profs "drop-kick" this system for which students are eternally grateful for a new LEARNING opportunity!) If I teach some day, I wonder if I will be creative enough to buck the "spoon-feed-the-facts-and-figures" system??? The only spoon feeding I hope to be doing involves a jar of undistinguishable fruit sludge.