Remember what it was like to be a kid? Adults always told me that I could be anything I want when I grow up. And having a strong imagination was considered a good thing. Of course, as an adult, imagination tends to be looked at as a distraction from real work at best.
I may groan about this from time to time, but there’s good reason for this. I can imagine the neatest castle, but it does me no good if I just have enough wood to build a trailerhome.
Here’s the thing though, being creative requires that you unlearn the things that make you a practical adult from time to time. I think this is why creative types can earn a reputation for being so impractical: they are. In fact, it’s part of the job description.
So how does one remain practical while being able to unlock their inner childish creativity? Personally, I’m more concerned with losing my ability to be childish as I age. No matter what you do, there’s always someone to remind you how to be an adult. When was the last time anyone told you that you need to be more immature? Or that you are too practical?
I think the key is to keep in touch with what excites your inner child as you become a wise adult. What can be more powerful than someone with the imagination of a child and the adult wisdom required to make it real?