Creativity and Nostalgia

I was reading a post on What if It All Means Something? and it gave me inspiration for a post of my own. The post was about how Will made a stop-motion movie with a VHS video-recorder and some action figures. It reminded me of when I was a child and my brother and I used to play with the “Star Wars guys,” which were basically Star Wars action figures. Each one had its own name and personality (most of those personalities had nothing to do with the way the characters actually were in the movies) and they had their own voices. We made up elaborate stories about the “Star Wars guys,” but nothing ever got written down, unfortunately. I wish it had — it would be hilarious to read back over it.

There was also a computer program we used to play with called Spider-Man Cartoon Maker, where you could create and animate your own cartoons — with backdrops, items/weapons, and characters from Spider-Man. You could add sound effects and speech and thought bubbles. At the time, I didn’t really care too much for Spider-Man, but I loved the game, which allowed me to take the crazy stories that were in my head and turn them into something I could visualize. That had to have been one of my favorite games when I was younger.

The point of this  post is that creativity comes naturally to children. I believe it’s something that should be nurtured. Yes, it’s true that playing with action figures and creating cartoons on the computer won’t give you any good skills for the real world, but creativity has its own importance.

4 thoughts on “Creativity and Nostalgia

  1. Creativity and imagination are super important . . . they allow us to Pause, Reflect, Enjoy, Explore, Dream, Discover, Create, Consider, and Never Stop Asking.

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  2. Thanks for mention, and I’m glad my god-awful ‘movies’ (which seemed so breathtakingly groundbreaking and blockbuster all those years ago) could inspire this post. Creativity is, indeed, a magical thing. I was encouraged by my parents to continue to express myself in the ways I did, and to be even more creative. The best thing that a parent can do is show an interest in something your child has imagined or created. I used to sit for hours and tell my parents about the adventures all of my characters had, and they both listened and encouraged me to keep doing what I was doing. When I finally started writing, they read nearly everything that I wrote, providing me HONEST feedback that proved more than useful. You never want to force your child away from creativity by being a downer of something they created, but my parents had no qualms about telling me if a story sucked. It happened many times. All it did was make the times they thought a story was good all the more special, and it made me try harder to write the best stories I could. Great post and sorry for the long comment. I’m a bit of a rambler…haha

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    1. Exactly. If parents don’t encourage, the child might not gain the confidence to be creative on his or her own… or they might lose that innate confidence.

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