By Kevin Thomson
Hey! I know you. You are a creative
person. Every time you open your mouth and unleash
a sentence or a phrase or an audible sound, you
have chosen from millions of options and created
something unique. Something that only you could
have said at that moment.
You are also an active person. Every breath you
take and every step you make is an activity based
on a goal of moving forward to the next goal.
And the other thing I know about you is that you
are a fun-seeker because you are reading this article.
Life has many surprises, and one of the things I’ve
discovered is that when you combine things you like
to do, your pleasure is multiplied. Surely you have
experienced this many times like when you sing in
the shower, or seat dance while driving, or making
out while hang gliding. The pleasures are multiplied
because you’re being creative while you are
being active. I call that Creactivity.
What if you could combine some things you enjoy
making them even more fun and memorable? Like having
a costumes and games party? How about having someone
read a good book to you while you cook up dinner?
Have you ever tried to run and play golf? What about
playing tennis on inline skates? Would you consider
riding your bicycle under water? Can you see the
humor in even trying to do these things? I can assure
you of their high memory retention properties!
If combining activities seems like a lot of work,
you may just want to get a little bit Creactive
by changing slightly the thing you like to do. You
like walking with your loved one? How about one
of you goes blindfolded? Or maybe take one hour
where you are not to communicate through words?
Whatever you choose, it adds a bit of spice to the
My friends and I are into endurance running, but
we have had a hard time finding the time needed
to go out for an adventure. So we got creative and
went from dusk to dawn, and all we had to do was
give up some sleeping time. In addition, we found
that being out at night in the mountains was spectacular.
When you apply creativity to your activity, you
may find unexpected rewards.
It’s always amazing to me that we often think
about having lots of money and then we’ll
have lots of fun. But I think if we take a few moments
to get creative with what we like to do, we find
that money isn’t critical to enjoying life.
In fact, there doesn’t seem to be any one
particular thing that is critical to enjoying life.
For me, it’s the mix of all things that keeps
me interested in life. It’s being creative
and being active. We’re all creative and active.
We couldn’t live any other way and you know
Caution: Applying Creactivity to your favourite
things may form addictions!
Combining Reading and Snorkelling
Kevin Thomson was the first person
to run solo across Canada (8078km or 5048miles)
without a support team. He is an avid lover of life
and has been a huge inspiration to Ted Schredd and
Discoverfun. If you would like to email Kevin, contact
him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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