The Joy of Creating for an Audience of None

A powerful reminder courtesy of an unassuming 5-year-old

Michael Thompson
SIMPLE
Published in
3 min readFeb 23, 2023

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I walked through our front door and found my 5-year-old quietly drawing at our kitchen table.

I wanted to join him.

But since he was biting his tongue clearly lost in concentration — and remembering how much I hate it when people bother me when…

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Michael Thompson
SIMPLE
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Co-creator of two cool kids • Storytelling Coach •.Fast Co., Insider, Forbes • Free storytelling guide here: https://bit.ly/3h1KZeT