Doesn't snow make you want to be a kid again? Chasing a snowflake with your tongue, or putting on your mittens to get creative? Letting your inner child out to play is good for your career, too. Increasingly, employers are seeking creative and innovative thinkers who can solve problems.
And if somewhere along the way your creativity got lost, you can get it back. Read this NYT article "Learning to Think Outside the Box," about how creativity is a teachable skill, not the product of genius or divine inspiration.
My sister and I were fortunate to grow up in a household where creativity was nurtured. After a rain storm, our mother would drive us to nearby Rock Creek Park so we could prance around in mud. (Just like the line from the Polly Chase Boyden poem, "Nobody else but the rose bush knows, how nice mud feels between the toes.") During our doll house phase, we'd take over entire rooms, clearing out bookshelves to create make-believe hospitals and schools.
Our mother was a piano teacher, so after school we listened to other kids stumbling through "Minuet in G." On Sundays our father put paper feet cut outs on the rug to teach us ballroom dancing. Dad fed records to our high fidelity stereo and we jitterbugged to the sounds of Glenn Miller or Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.
We thought this was a normal childhood. In 7th grade I realized our leisure activities were different from most families, and that wasn't always a good thing. The principal announced that students should come to a school dance dressed as our favorite bug. At least that's what I heard, since I had no idea who the Beatles were. Fortunately, a friend filled me in before I showed up in a lady bug costume.
The upside? I grew up never doubting my creativity. I truly believe everyone has inborn creative talent. If you are one of those unfortunate people who spent a miserable childhood camping, skiing, and bowling, or, if somewhere along the line you decided, “I’m just not creative”–– please think again. Build some snow people, dance, sing in the shower, and color outside the lines. Let your creative spirit soar and your professional life with thrive.
P.S. If you have children, nurture their creativity! Check out Imagination Stage for a wonderful experience and an infusion of creativity for all.