Stop that creativity!
By Zainab Khan

April 28th 2008
Isaac Newton once said, ĎI do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then, finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, while the Ocean of Truth lay all undiscovered before meí. Isaac Newton was a brilliant mathematician and scientist, but the magic of it was carved on his imaginative mind. Creativity is not flowers and rainbows; it is everything that comes to be because of the sparking interest of its maker. There is no real gain of knowledge without curiosity and pragmatism because itís hard to succeed on restricting grounds and checked imagination. Einstein was a genius, let loose on his subject, and what was his subject? Everything he was interested in. And what was one of his amazing accomplishments? E= mc squared. If it hadnít been for creative minds, where would the seven wonders of this world be? If it hadnít been for J.K. Rowlingís mind-blowing imagination, where would Harry Potter be?

Parents have for so long thought that any activity inclining away from the academics is rubbish for their kids. But when I say parents, I do not mean all, but some of them. Children do not think that there are a mere seven wonders of this world, they pen everything down as extraordinary that their eyes lay on. It is very difficult for children and teenagers alike to stick to studies alone, as if it was something that would top their wish list. What really squashes the fun out of their lives is when parents begin to limit their freedom and creativity. There are areas where parental advice and guidance is absolutely necessary, but there are definitely those areas as well that need a no-holds-barred attitude. And with it should also accompany the trust factor. Grownups can instill a huge amount of confidence and sense of responsibility into youngsters by entrusting to them the fact that their judgments and decisions are respected. Failures and falls are not cues of disappointments; they are doors to new experiences and well-learned lessons.

What I really want to draw your attention to is that no ethically approved activity is minor to another nor is any ethically approved profession better than the other. Because, really, when you come down to it, I donít think a filthy rich businessman is successful and happy in life if all he does is follow a monotonous routine and shuns his dreams to gain a pose that will enable him to survive in this competitive world of ours. It is surviving, but a very poor surviving. Better than him is he who keeps himself young at heart no matter how high up in hundreds he goes if he treads on a path where he knows what he wants.
In todayís world, the way professional trends vary is unpredictable. There was an age when Arts was the icing of the cake but today the occupations that are most sought after are technology oriented. It isnít fair to thrust a profession on someone who doesnít belong to its genre. It is not fair to let him struggle through exams and workload and hard work for something he doesnít actually desire. So if parents want to see their children survive, why not let them depend on what is a more trustful, a more constructive landing: their own talents? The late Steve Irwin is one excellent example of real creativity. Crocodiles and snakes were his fascination, and dangers and bites and strenuous labor were atom sized to his discoveries. He was famous and successful, but maybe it was his love for the reptilian realm that was his golden egg.

Like a saying goes: you shouldnít be embarrassed of something you canít do, rather be embarrassed about something you can do but donít do well. So if you are a parent and want your children to live their lives, allow them to try and measure themselves, give them opportunities to learn from their mistakes and gain experience and above all, let them enjoy what they are doing, no matter how trivial and insignificant it may appear.

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