by Jennifer Brent and Megan Hershgold, Cascadia Students
Imagine, if you will, a bank robbery. If you found yourself right in the middle of this robbery, what would you be doing? Now imagine once more, Ernest Hemingway coming face-to-face with a bank robber. We’d like to think that he might’ve taken a shot of whiskey, punched the robber good in the face, and wrote a book about it.
Have you ever truly considered who influences the decisions you make every day? Perhaps it is those who raised you, your closest friends, or maybe you will occasionally find yourself making choices based upon your favorite movie character. We invite you to take this question into consideration, and to think about yourself in those peoples’ shoes in the robbery scenario. Chances are, your answer will change for each and every person you think of. That is the great thing about individuality; every scenario in our lives exhibits a different script, depending on the person acting in it. If you want a unique way to harness creativity for your life, we suggest living in the shoes of someone else for a day.
One example of this technique for Jennifer is when she decides to live in the shoes of her mother when she does photography. Her mother has an amazing eye for seeing beauty even in the darkest of places, and when Jennifer goes to shoot pictures, she attempts to embody this style, even when it is not necessarily something that she would usually photograph.
Yet another example of this technique from Megan is when she is on stage during a performance. When she is acting as someone who is like not herself, she feels a rush of energy and power. The moments on stage allow her to express all of her frustration and sadness, and yet she sees herself through the eyes of her character. It gives her perspective and hope that everything that she has going on in her life will be okay.
We know this technique may sound tough to do. We get it, not everyone is a photographer or an actor. But here’s an experience which commonly occurs that you may not think of as creative. During our childhood, every time we went to a movie we would get so excited, not only because it was the best activity parents could do to entertain us, but because when we left the theater we felt like different people. The first time Megan saw Iron Man, for example, she walked out of that movie theater feeling like she could save the world. She would pretend that she had a heart made of steel and a suit that could fly and shoot fire out of its arms. The times in which we did such things in the eyes of our favorite characters were the best times we can remember. We encourage you to find something that makes you feel this way, because it is at that point where you find the creativity and imagination that you often do not see in yourself or even knows exists.
These three pictures all represent the views Megan loves to look at when she’s feeling down; she looks at these pictures and finds a new state of mind. Megan took these photographs at Deception Falls, and she relate these photos to a new point of view because in all of them you can see a variety of things that may make you feel like a new person.
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