One person’s trash was indeed another child’s treasure. A treasure that opened up a world of creativity and limitless imagination.
The world (mom) marveled at my cardboard creations:
- A kick-ass tank that fired heat-seeking missiles (rocks) at my enemies (me just chucking rocks out of a cut hole at the top).
- A head-turning, bulletproof (chrome spray paint) limousine, with two mismatched hubcaps found in a nearby alley. The bulletproof was necessary to ensure the safety of my passengers from drive-by shootings.
- A rocket ship that blasted me to Saturn (hula hoop with a basketball at its core).
- A dance floor (flatten the refrigerator box on the street corner and you had the largest breakdancing spot in the entire neighborhood).
I’m reminded of the power of childhood imagination and creativity each time I drive pass one of these cardboard treasures in the trash.
Our imaginations and creative aspirations seem to diminish as we get older. We take on grown-up responsibilities that consist of 12-hour workdays, frequent errands to run, an ever-growing list of household chores, and family obligations.
Combine life’s new responsibilities with living in an era of constant distractions pecking away at our brains and most nights we find ourselves wondering how the hell the clock dial managed to strike 10.
Brain Rewired is on a mission to rewire your mind to unearth creativity by providing inspirational, educational, and sometimes entertaining wisdom.
Whether it’s starting a new business or side project, writing an e-book, taking an online class, learning how to take better photos, programming a new app, or launching a blog—it’s time to get back inside the refrigerator box again and start creating.
Image by Vincent Laconte