I chanced upon this article on the NY Times:

What happens to creativity as we age? 

I love this line in there:

Why does creativity generally tend to decline as we age? One reason may be that as we grow older, we know more. That’s mostly an advantage, of course. But it also may lead us to ignore evidence that contradicts what we already think. We become too set in our ways to change.

As I make the next most important move in my 20s (only a few months left to continue referring to myself as in my 20s!), I seek to gain more creativity. Having held a job in the civil service for a number of years, it’s the one thing that I craved the most. The freedom and creativity to do what I want and I love, yet at the same time, I have no idea what I want to do. In order to figure out what it is that I want to do, I need the time and being in the job didn’t give me that.

There are fears that what if, after all that figuring out, my conclusion points me back to the civil service, that I had just made the stupidest decision in my 20s.

But, if I don’t try now, I’ll likely never know.


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