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Why We Stop Doing What We Love (and what to do about it) -- Another Nudge Towards Creativity

I've been thinking a lot about why we get turned off from doing things that bring us joy. As a child I loved making things and drawing and painting. In school, though, I was not considered good at art. When I got to high school I took a general (and not very inspiring) art class one semester and I think I got a B. I took almost all accelerated and AP classes and I mostly got As. To me a B was not good.  In a way this sealed the fact that I was not an artist.

I think this happens to a lot of us. As children we enjoy painting and making up stories and singing songs and climbing trees and in school we're (perhaps, inadvertently) taught that we're good at this one thing but bad at this other thing. We're encouraged in some things (and perhaps, again, inadvertently) discouraged from other things, even if those things bring us joy.

Recently I was reading the children's book Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell and it got me thinking even more about how the …

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