"Creativity is just intelligence having fun"
For this blog post, let me start off by saying that I have eleven nieces and nephews, plus three Godchildren. I’m going to pause to let that sink in! I love kids and kids love me. I don’t know why, but kids just naturally gravitate towards me. Maybe it’s because I’m child-like at times (not to be confused with childish), but I do enjoy watching Saturday morning cartoons and I’ve become quite fond of watching my morning cartoons in Thai, even though I can’t understand what they’re saying.
Last week, We Roam coordinated a visit to a local Children’s Home and we got to spend the morning doing arts and crafts with the kids, just like last month in Belgrade. When we walked to the front of the room to introduce ourselves, a little girl ran up to me and gave me the warmest hug, as if she already knew me. It was such an adorable moment that I wish could’ve been captured. She stole my heart in 1.5 seconds. After that, Pai and I spent the entire time together coloring, going through the ABCs in English, and making mermaids and flowers out of clay. I’m always impressed at how creative little kids are. While some kids were making animals out of clay or drawing inside the coloring books, Pai drew a self-portrait. I noticed that before she drew the left ear, she looked at how she drew the right ear to align them and also draw the same type of earring. I was so impressed by that level of detail because she’s only five years old…five!
As she continued to melt my heart with her creativity, I started to miss all my nieces and nephews back home. I love when I get to see their creativity in motion too. I love seeing my little nephews draw, seeing my nieces’ photography and listening to my Godchildren make up the craziest stories as they play with their toys. A child’s imagination is a beautiful thing that’s hard to maintain as an adult. And that’s definitely how I was feeling prior to my trip, as if my creative flame was slowly dying. How can I push their creativity when I myself have lost all of mine? However, this trip has reignited that dying flame and I am filled with fresh new ideas, projects and concept designs that I am so excited for. It’s easy to be inspired by things I see, but in this case I was inspired by Pai and motivated by my kiddos back home.