Do you ever think of Crayons anymore? Those oil pastels that came in many colours; probably the first drawing kit you received due to their vibrant colours and blunt edges.
If the answer is no, then why not? You need to dare to Crayon.
To a child, crayons are seen as a way to permanently mark the world, but to ‘the mature’ these wax materials are simply a child’s toy. As we grow older we migrate from one view point to another; we go from mark on the world to forgotten child’s toy. We easily lose sight of the potential of certain things because ‘we are growing up’. This is wrong.
When you give a 3 year old a Crayon, everything is their canvas, the walls, the floor, even grandma’s table cloth. As that child gets older, we confine their expressivity and give them a blank sheet of paper. ‘Draw here, not off the page’. Then we give them a colouring book and tell them to colour in the lines.
‘People aren’t purple and the sun certainly isn’t green; oh and colour in the lines!’
Kids are smart, they know people aren’t purple and the sun isn’t green; they are simply forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses (literally the definition of Imagination).
Yet, through all of this, we wonder why thinking outside the box is so tasking as an adult. After years of stigmatising creativity we create a compound interest on the stagnation of creativity that we don’t want to cash in on. We are confined to so many self-imposed rules that we often forget that we have the capacity to form new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses (again the definition of Imagination).
Remember, the people that truly made a mark, challenged the status quo; they coloured out of the lines to create new concepts the world has never seen, they are massive Crayons. Neil Armstrong was a Crayon. Nelson Mandela was a Crayon. Steve Jobs was a Crayon. You can be a massive Crayon.
So make your mark. The world is your canvas, its the largest one we can muster up (for now). Dare to exceed the boundaries of the colouring lines. Dare to Crayon.