I am forever in awe of creative people, those who think outside the box. And then I came across this quote by Steve Jobs:
Creativity it just connecting the dots. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after awhile.
I thought this was a pretty brilliant way of explaining any form of genius. Genius is seeing things that others don’t. Alas, madness is also often seeing things that others don’t…
Very fine line between madness and genius. However, is it possible to be a genius and not crazy? Or not to be thought of as crazy?
Whenever I hear an idea that’s a little off the beaten path, I get excited. I love the possibility of things that change the course of how we think, how we do things, how our lives are lived. But I’m a questioner.
It’s no wonder that a cat is my favorite animal. There’s that old adage about curiosity killed the cat, because I am always questioning things. I am forever wondering “what if”. I never lack for things to talk about or think about or read about or discuss… Though I am clearly not claiming to be a genius (insert madness here) I do sometimes feel a little bit odd when someone asks:
How did you think of that?
Because the answer is simply:
I don’t know- How did you not see it?
I feel a little odd that amidst a pandemic, I seem to be flourishing with ideas. (now if I could only finish King Lear…) I’ve seen other bloggers vastly reduce how much they’ve written. And maybe my ideas aren’t all diamonds but just the rough, what matters more, the finished product, or the spark to put something on paper?
What is it to be creative?
Is it producing something with universal appeal?
Is it making something groundbreaking that some may or may not like?
Is it just thinking with an open mind?
Can I consider myself creative?
This particular post is not particularly groundbreaking. But what does it say that I was able to read a random quote and be so intrigued by it that I jotted it down and thought about it enough to write about it?
What if this post was to lead me to my own theory of relativity? (Ok- no chance of that, but you know, I can dream…)
I was watching an episode of a TV show last night. One of the characters gets a static shock. This shock literally makes them come up with an idea for a problem they’ve been trying to solve.
How many things have started this way? Something happens, even something mundane, and it makes the person think
All of a sudden a pattern forms in front of them…
And different parts of the pattern begin to emerge:
Dot: you read a quote
Dot: You write it down and think about it
Dot: You answer the question of a blog friend
Dot: you watch a tv show
Dot: you write a post
What path is that one quote going to lead me down?
Is someone going to ask me: How did you think of that?
And am I just going to reply:
I just connected the dots…