I explained a drawing game I play with my buddies and someone said, "Wow, your friends are creative."

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized it wasn't so much my friends' creativity, but the creative atmosphere they foster. Among my friends is a very supportive place to be.

If someone starts drumming on a trash can…no one stares and rolls their eyes. We all smile and start clapping along.

I think in Jr. High, most people learn that listening to those creative impulses leaves you open to devastating ridicule. This threat kills many people's creative fire.

It's not that some people have creativity as a trait. It's that some people dwell in more creatively free environments (mentally and physically). All people have creative impulses. The trick is listening to them.

May 9, nineteen99