All children are artists, why aren’t all adults?

All children are artists, each in their own way.

Think about it.

Watch a group of children.

What do they do?

Draw.  Write.  Paint.  Build.  Pretend.

They are actors, directors, producers of their own little dramas, be it playing house, Barbies or G.I. Joe’s. They make up magical worlds all within their minds.

Until….that  self-awareness, the creeping of adolescence and adulthood hit us.  I remember seventh grade, and going to a friends house,who was a year ahead of me. I was horrified that she wanted to play Barbies.  I played, begrudgingly  but the thought of pretending at 13 was just absurd to me.

The irony is now, at 27, I wish I have more time to pretend.

Why do we stop?

I could say this is an isolated incident, and there are still obviously people who continue into adulthood (LARP), but this is not the norm.  Why does this intricate part of life, slip away from us?

And not just pretending, why stop creating art in general.

Do we lose our passion?

Are we taught not to?

Is art just a way to mimic adulthood so when it stops having a function, we lose it?

Does society condition us not to?

What do you think? I’ll post my ideas in a follow up response.

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2 comments on “All children are artists, why aren’t all adults?

  1. Thank you! 🙂
    Also, great post! It’s definitely strange and kind of sad how this seems to apply to so many people. It’s as if imagination gets put aside with age, which leads to people missing out on something wonderful. I would love to see more people holding on to their artistic side as they get older and reach adulthood. I for sure am one of those people who won’t stop pretending just because I’m no longer labelled as a child!

    I’d say it probably has a lot to do with the way society wants us to grow up. People around you expect you to leave the pretending behind you and instead start living real life. But pretending isn’t something which stops people from being mature, and I can’t see a single reason for why it should be something which we shouldn’t hold on to.

  2. “I could say this is an isolated incident, and there are still obviously people who continue into adulthood (LARP), but this is not the norm. Why does this intricate part of life, slip away from us?”

    Because of parents who wants us to be lawyers/businessmen/doctors because it pays more and is more “stable” than being a writer.

    “And not just pretending, why stop creating art in general.”

    Creating anything is exhausting on the ego. The thing you created will eventually outgrow you and demand her own apartment. You just, simply, gets tired

    “Do we lose our passion?”

    No. But being passionate all the time takes its toll. As a male friend of mine has said: much as I want to rise up to the challenge and fuck 24/7, my dick is just not up it.

    “Are we taught not to?”

    Maybe. And we absorbed the lessons with flying colors. In fact we got an A on all of them except for Physical Education.

    “Is art just a way to mimic adulthood so when it stops having a function, we lose it?”

    Hmmm, this is deep. I don’t think we ever really lose our art. Sometimes we just forget.

    “Does society condition us not to?”

    Again, maybe. Not consciously perhaps, I mean, does Society has a consciousness , after all?

    “What do you think? I’ll post my ideas in a follow up response.”

    Love your blog Rachael! Will await your other ideas 🙂

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