Thursday, February 6, 2014


Hat: Forever 21
Cardigan: Thrifted
Blouse: Forever 21
Necklace: Forever 21
Belt: Thrifted
Skirt: Forever 21
Tights: H&M
Socks: H&M
Boots: J Shoes (thrifted)

Didn't realize how much Forever 21 I was wearing here, weird since I can not even remember the last time I was in that store. Maybe their clothes last longer than we all thought? 

An idea was brought to my attention today. I was having a conversation with my boyfriend during lunch and I was casually saying how I am not very creative. He was about to say something, but then changed his words at the list minute and asked why I thought that. I told him that I am just not that innovative, that is a struggle for me to think of something completely original. Then he got serious and said, "Well, I think that is what school does to a lot people. Tells them to think one way and then once your brain learns that method of thinking it is hard to change it." This caused me to stare out the window and ponder what he had said for a few minutes. 

Could it be true? What a frightening idea, it almost seems like he was suggesting a form of brainwash. However the longer I sat there, staring out the window at nothing in particular, the more it seemed plausible to me. School is rather controlling, at least public school (from my past experience). However, I realized this could not be true, because it was not like we were being taught by the same teacher for all our classes. Students switch from class to class and get taught from different minds with different ideas and beliefs everyday. Before voicing my new found data that his theory could not be true, another thought struck me. 

In elementary school I was taught by one teacher for the whole year. Perhaps not having enough opinions at a young age has actually affected me, my creativity. I agreed with him. "How do we fix our minds then?", I asked. He looked me in the eye and said "You have to be weird". At which point we both laughed and moved on to another topic. 

Perhaps weird is a harsh word, so let's go with quirky. Quirky people, the ones who know random facts, who read books all day for fun, or who have amazing skills that one could never guess, these are the people I am envious of. They do what they want and even though they may be labeled weird by mainstream society, they don't care. They can create and do what they please, it must be so freeing. I wonder what it is like to not be held back by what we have been taught is correct or appropriate. 

The point is, I am scared that I will not be able to fix this. That is too late for me, but that is silly right? Surely creativity is something you can work on and get better at, surely you can stop caring about what other people think and do what you want. I do not like the idea of being stuck in this state of an average mind so therefore I have to try to make it better. Perhaps drawing? Listening to new music? Sewing? All I know is I want to get started immediately, before my worst fears come true, and it is too late for me. 

Side note: One of my lovely readers mentioned a TED video to watch on the subject of education and creativity, which was just brilliant. Click Here to watch that video. This then led me to other videos and I think you should also watch This one if you are interested on this subject as well! 


Ellie said...

Love your hair! It's lovely!

Kathy Noto said...

That hat! I wish i can wear something as cute as that here but i would look ridiculous with something remotely furry in this tropical country.

I agree with the school bit. I've since learned that school isn't the best place to foster individuality and creativity. Just lately one of the schools here replaced books with ipads! The horror! This made me mull over the possibility of home schooling my future children.


Frannie Pantz said...

I can see that in schools--especially these days where standardized testing is everywhere and everything and the teachers get very little control over what they teach. It is very sad. My oldest son does horribly in school, but he is very bright, creative and innovative. But his grades will never reflect it. And my younger kids are very good at school, but they also love to read so they can escape the monotony of it. There is a great Ted Talks--if you're into those--with a thirteen year old homeschooled kid that goes into this a bit and it is very interesting. You should check it out.

Unknown said...

Awesome pics! Nice outfit and super cool pics
Nice Blog :D

Unknown said...

Very interesting thoughts. I definitely think we're not taught in a way that fosters creativity, but there are still creative people so I don't think it necessarily stifles it. But it's interesting to think about. Being a little eccentric or quirky is a benefit in my opinion!

Also I really love this outfit. I find myself in outfits full of Forever 21 stuff sometimes too. I don't know why people complain so much about the quality of their clothes. It's not the best, sure but I have things from Forever 21 that I've had for 5+ years! Then I find I'm wearing my old Forever 21 stuff with newer Forever 21 stuff. The trick is to check the seams and craftsmanship before buying the stuff, I think.

Unknown said...

The patterns and textures in this outfit are lovely <3 Fantastic boots and your hair is amazing! :D I love that color! ^_^

Thanks so much for the sweet comment you left on my blog! I really appreciated it! I apologize for the belated reply. I'm playing catch up, this week.

Take it easy and don't be a stranger!

- Anna

Nancy Wilde said...

I am smitten with your pastel lilac hair and your lovely boots - you look so adorable!
And yes, creativity can be blocked by so many hostile factors, it scares me too. I think we have to feed our brain and inspiration on a regular basis, so we prevent our minds to get drained and dull.
Write, read, dance, watch films, talk, paint, cook... Anything, really! :)

Daria@Kittenhood said...

this shade in your hair is so peaceful and nice, perfect with the snow.