My Dearest Nadine,
This is my first letter to you. Ever.
It’s a public one as well.
Don’t freak out! Because no secrets revealed here! Promise!
You and Me – We share an exclusive relationship. It’s private, sacred, and existential for us.
I eagerly look forward to having fun with you at the end of the day. Over weekends.
Giving birth to you gave me a chance to relive my childhood years. Except for this time, I am in my Mum’s shoes, and you in mine.
My Mum and I share a very different bond. Unlike us. But it’s just as unique, sacred, and existential. I can’t do without her just as I can’t do without you.
But, you know what’s one of the most important things in life. Let’s explore together!
“…………………. are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.”
Fill in the blanks, my baby!
I don’t know about you. But, the word that popped up in my head was ‘Children’ or ‘ Kids.’
Did that answer pop in your head as well?
But, the correct answer is ‘Creative people.’
Isn’t it a whimsical irony of how synonymous the two answers are!
You could perfectly swap ‘Creative people’ with ‘Children.’ And BOOM! It would still make perfect sense, not altering the meaning of the quote the slightest bit.
Now, let’s take a look at the original quote!
“Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.”
This wisdom-laden quote was said by the French revolutionary artist, Henri Matisse. Matisse wasn’t afraid to be as pure and free-spirited as a child when it came to self-expression through the powerful medium of art. He used vivid colors and complex forms with gay abandon.
In his own words again, he sought to create an art that would be “a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair.”
While his ultimate intent and objective was pleasure and contentment, his use of color and pattern was often deliberately disorientating and unsettling.
Isn’t that again what you children usually do!
When you have children of your own someday or have studied your peers, or children much younger, then you would be amazed at how similarly the minds of the world’s greatest artists of all time and children function.
Much like Matisse’s style of functioning, children deceptively appear to be scatterbrained and inept with their tiny fingers, making a ‘mess’ (according to our limited adult minds).
But, the truth is this – Amidst all this wild curiosity, chaos, unsettling frenzy is the ultimate objective to attain pleasure and contentment.
There is a method to the madness. All creative people. All children. You.
Isn’t that simply genius!
Yes, we are all geniuses.
If we let the child in us live forever….
If we hold onto our art passionately and never ever letting it go…
We owe a lot to you children and artists alike! For reminding us that being adults doesn’t necessarily have to mean the end of being curious, flexible, persistent, independent, adventurous and playful.
Being adults doesn’t have to mean the end of childhood.
Becoming an adult doesn’t mean the death of the child within us. Becoming an adult should be the rebirth of many children within us. One seedling that offshoots into many fruits and seedlings of curiosity, flexibility, persistence, independence, adventure and play.
We don’t have to be painters like Matisse per se. We could be too. The choice is yours entirely. Take your pick of art.
I keep my inner child alive with the art of writing, doodling, dancing, cooking, reading, and more.
Keep the child within you sparkling bright always with creativity, curiosity, and imagination. It’s the child within you that stirs up innovations and revolutions. Never underestimate the power of small.
Small is big.
So, my baby, take tiny steps towards freedom, happiness, and a life filled with color and meaning.
What color are you and I going to paint the town today?
Hmmmmm! I’m thinking in the shades of green, magenta, and ash!
What about you, my love?
Now, now! Aren’t we talking and thinking like children already? Better still, like world-famous artists! (Wink)
Lots of Love, Hugs, and Kisses,