Childish vs. Childlike

October 23, 2015

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Quote by Jane Austen from Pride and Prejudice, graphic by me

Last week, I listened to Jess Lively’s podcast episode with Elizabeth Gilbert. If you haven’t tuned in, you seriously should—The Lively Show is one of my very favorite podcasts and Elizabeth Gilbert is one of the sagest and kind-hearted spirits you could ever listen to. (PS. Elizabeth has her own podcast, Magic Lessons, here.) In the episode, Elizabeth talks about the differences of being childish vs. childlike. I sure know a lot of people who are childish, which is essentially being immature, but what’s childlike? It’s being inquisitive, intuitive, generous, caring, creative and imaginative. It’s dreaming big, it’s looking at the world and seeing the possibilities instead of counting the forces working against us. Can we have one without the other? I think so. Elizabeth said how she endeavors to be childlike and I realized that I do too—I just never called it that.

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All my life, my parents encouraged me to exercise my imagination. As an only child, I was a one-kid show. There were a lot of times I had to make up my own games to play with myself. And you know what? I was never bored. I drew, invented, designed, wrote, played outside, played with dolls, played dress up and the list goes on. Boredom didn’t exist. Even now, I always have my hands in something creative. I never ever want to lose my creativity.

Although I go to art school for graphic design and it’s an insanely creative environment, there are still instructions and guidelines and due dates and professors who like things done certain ways. Graphic design is unique in that the art is usually created for a client—unlike traditional art which is not always commissioned. The only thing I do that is solely for myself is this blog. Of course I don’t always completely 100% have my say in brand collaborations and sponsored posts, but for the most part, this blog is a catalog of my unedited thoughts and ideas. I don’t know if my work would be the same if I didn’t have this platform to explore my style.

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Thanks for reading my words. I 100% know I would still keep this blog, even if no one read it. It’s a part of me—although I must admit it IS pretty amazing connecting with you all. Do you feel the same way about your blogs?

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