Rediscovering and igniting the creativity in all of us

Scenes from the High School Musical - Austin, Texas

Scenes from the High School Musical – Austin, Texas

My older son is 14, a freshman in High School. He’s in the school orchestra and was practicing hard for the last couple for weeks for the yearly musical. He wanted to quit but the director encouraged him to try — they were playing Broadway caliber music which was a challenge for him. I’m glad he stuck with it and he is too. My son just wrapped up 4 performances with the drama class and help put on a first-rate musical. I’m so impressed by their performance.

My son seems to have discovered the joy of the performing artists. By hanging around the drama people, it unlocked an entirely new world for him. He said, the drama students were so much more interesting than the jocks. This is high school — your popularity and position is of the utmost importance. I’m so pleased that my son has moved beyond the common popularity of the sports jocks to the world of the creative people. He needs this. We all do.

As a parent, I want to impart a sense of passion one needs to feel in life. What moves you? What interests you? What do you want to do for the rest of your life? A couple of weeks a go, I linked to an Apple ad. Some people were cynical. I understand completely. Fluffy, feel good videos are so common these days, used as marketing tools. But I was serious. There are so many ways to make a living, but what is your passion? That is the question. That’s something that a middle aged man like me needs to figure out, let alone a teenager like my son.

For me, as I’m within a few months of my 50th birthday, I think about these things. What am I passionate about? How do I express my creativity? I am privileged to work for a great company and do what I like, most of the time. It’s primarily technical in nature. But I’ve recently rekindled the interest I had in my youth. When I was little, I built and designed things, that’s what I loved. As I grew up, I lost that — the practicalities of making a living overshadowed my early interests.

My photography and this blog has change my perspective. I’m creating things photographically, with words and with graphical layout which taps into my primal interests. And it has made all the difference. My day job is all the more interesting because I balance it with my creative outlet. My renewed interests and my son’s creative awakening has enriched us. We live in such a wonderful time where my words and images and yours can reach people around the world. Thank you for sharing your precious time looking at my creative expression. I am truly lucky.

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