CREATIVE ADVENTURES — 44
In this thought experiment, you will imagine that you return to your childhood. Please respond to the following prompts:
- Imagine that you are now seven years old, but you have your current wisdom and consciousness. What would you do? How would you spend your life?
- Now that you are a child, what are some of the activities that you would do? How would you play? What would you learn about? What kind of creative hobbies or projects would you like to be engaged in? Come up with a list of 10 things to do.
- When you were a child, you were always creating, playing, and learning.
You probably built your own games and played them alone or with your friends. Which games did you love playing? How did you play? Try to remember as many details as you can. Record these details and reflect on how you might play these games again.
- When you were a child, did you build any new worlds, characters, sketches, or scenarios? How did you use your creativity? Were you a dreamer — what did you dream about? Were you a writer — what did you write about? Were you a doodler — what did you scribble? What other creative roles did you have? (curator, storyteller, comic artist, designer, actor, etc.) How can you use these roles more often?
- Think of a sweet childhood memory. How can you go back to that time? Can you experience that time again? Where were you? What were you doing? Describe your environment and actions. Why did you enjoy these moments? How can you re-enact similar moments in your life?
- Think of at least four instances where you felt proud of yourself as a child. Perhaps you took initiative and saved a situation. Or, you have used your creativity and created something exciting. After you recall these experiences, think about the common patterns across these experiences. What are the skills, strengths, and talents you have used during these instances? How can you use these skills, strengths, and talents more often in your current (adult) life?
- How can you reclaim your childhood creativity and courage? Brainstorm and think of at least 15 small actions that you can take in your current life. Choose and implement each of these actions during the next 15 days.
- Write a letter from your child self (7-year-old self) to your current self. What advice and suggestions would you give to your current self? Write down your letter.