expectations kill creativity.

Think about your childhood.

Go back to the times when you had a crayon in your hand when you were scribbling nonsense from the depth of your childish mind onto a piece of paper.

You proudly portray your masterpiece and get your parents’ praise. As your work is appreciated, it encourages you to pursue this new passion of yours. Your parents buy you more crayons, more markers, more brushes. They want you to expand the boundaries of your creativity.

Now think about the same scenario and adapt it to your current life. You are more experienced now. You feel the same urge to express your thoughts and feelings. You have “millions” of options to choose from. You can write, you can paint, you can photograph.

Let’s say you chose to paint.

You take the brush and feel relieved as its tip touches the canvas. In every touch appears a new beautiful color- a reflection of your inner wonders. You know you are neither a Picasso nor a Dali. You are just yourself, a unique creation of God.

Up to this point, everything is flawless, isn’t it?

Well, sometimes reality hits harder than expected.

When you show your work to people -if you are not above society’s standards of a “great painter”- they say they “like it” out of kindness. They tell you that you can still paint as a hobby but should explore other areas you have a better chance of succeeding in.


Because after a certain time, society expects us to spend most of our precious time on what we are “good” at. If we choose to pursue a certain interest, we are expected to be best at it or at least mock the people who are best at it. If not, spending time on it is a miserable loss.

As people get accustomed to thinking this way, we lose creativity. We discourage these creative minds, place them in tiny black boxes where their souls slowly fade away.

It is not true that people are more creative in their younger ages.

The truth is:

People are more creative when nothing is expected of them from society.

One Comment

  1. ege ozgul

    I have never thought about this before, and it really makes sense: Imagine that you were living alone, wouldnt you spend hours and hours on what you like. For example, I can’t draw anything but cars, but I am not trying to improve my skills. So the reason behind this problems seems to be what you just mentioned. Maybe we are all living for expectations?

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