What would happen if we forgot the rules? Children have no grid for the impossible or unrealistic. That's why you meet kids who want to be astronauts, ballerinas, veterinarians, and magicians, all at the same time. As we grow up we begin to have boundaries set in place that teach us the rules. Many of those boundaries are to keep us physically safe - there's a reason your mom says not to touch the hot stove. Some of the rules are created to keep us from being disappointed - if you truly can't hold a tune, being an opera singer might not be your best option. Other rules are to help us be so called realistic - if you major in art/music/writing/dance you'll never make any money. Is that really being realistic? The people who don't make it are often the people who don't believe that they can make it. Granted, I live in New York City and I see plenty of people who are extremely talented and lack opportunity, but I also see people who are less talented who create their own opportunities without waiting for an invitation. People who create their own opportunities aren't constrained by the rules. Either they don't care what the rule say, or they haven't been taught that the rules exist. Palmer Luckey, a then 18 year old in California, created an amazing virtual reality head set in his garage, bringing life an area of technology that had been abandoned for about fifty years because he didn't know it couldn't be done. What would you do if you didn't know that it "couldn't" be done? Walt Disney said, "If you can dream it, you can do it. And always remember, this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse." Walt certainly proved that expression true in his own life by innovating storytelling through movies, theme parks, and resorts. He was able to look at a swamp in Orlando and envision a place where millions of people would gather.
Boundaries are a good thing, they help us safe, but as we grow up, our boundaries expand. As a child we might go to bed at seven o'clock at night, and as we grew the time got later and later. It is similar with creativity, the more we grow creatively, the more our boundaries expand and grow. We have more room to experiment and test new ideas as we mature in our skills, but often we become more aware of and constrained by the boundaries as we grow. It is time for us to step beyond the fear of failure (or the fear of success) and begin to explore how far our boundaries will let us go. We have permission to try new things and experiment, to explore and expand the boundaries! There is an endless world of creative expression waiting to be released, and we are just the people to do it.
Emily is a creative entrepreneur, born in the South, raised in Colorado, and loving life in Brooklyn, NY. As the co-founder of Bright Ideas she spends her time doing freelance photography, writing blog posts, drinking black coffee, experimentally cooking, laughing, playing minimalist puzzle games on her iphone, exploring NYC, and working a lot of odd jobs. You can follow Emily’s adventures on Instagram or Twitter, see what inspires her on Pinterest, check out her photography on Facebook, or read more of her posts here.