Does creativity decline with age? An internet search on the topic pulls up a variety of articles comparing adolescents to those potentially in their grandparenting years—and for the majority, the articles conclude that creativity declines with age. My very un-clinical, yet highly observational, inter-human research completely contradicts and refutes this anti-aging “research.”
To the contrary regarding the “creative decline with age” bunk, I’ve heard from 1000s of people who have contributed to my social media pages: The vast majority report that their creativity has expanded with age. The factors cited include: no children to care for; less work worries; less social-ladder-climbing stress; and, most commonly noted, “we’re less worried about what everyone thinks.” Seems the truly #SilverDisobedience crowd no longer gives a damn about what anyone thinks about how we creatively express ourselves as long as it’s not hurting others.
For example, author Ginni Conquest @Gindoll1 who has had and still has a long career as a top model agent boldly wrote 4 books in her 50s, risking criticism from friends and others about her hot romantic sex scenes, her storytelling and the fact that she opted to publish without an agent or publisher, and instead went to print on @amazon using her own timeline. She says, “Writing invigorates me and I have many more books to write.” Conquest is still managing an active career–yet she finds time to write while on her daily train commute. Certainly if there’s a will to express creativity, there’s a way!
I also recently worked on a commercial job with mutli-faceted artist Alexander Kaletski. @alexanderkaletski Considering he’s booked yet another art show at the acclaimed @annazorinagallery PLUS he has multiple books in the works while he’s still modeling with @wilhelminamodels – certainly the rational public voice would conclude Alexander is more creative than ever!
I booked my first modeling job at 56 while still managing a decades long career in consulting, marketing and public relations, along with raising teenage children, staying happily married and all the other stuff that constitutes a daily life.
Then there are all of those amazing people who share with me, both in person and on my social media pages, all about their writing, art, sewing, woodworking, landscaping, home decorating and more! Clearly expression and personal creativity comes in a variety of forms and is being enthusiastically expressed with pride. I’d love to hear how YOU are charging up your creative juices!