The last lecture by Dr Kamisah dealt with creative thinking skills. It leads me to reflect on the creative persons that I have heard or met before.
Ever heard of the song “Vincent” a.k.a. “Starry Starry Night by Don Mc Lean? My father introduced the song to me. At first, I thought it was a love song. But when I found the lyrics, I realized I was wrong. It’s actually about the life of a genius painter- Vincent Van Gogh – a creative figure who was recognized after his death. Intially, he worked with somber coulours only. Later, he incorporated brighter colours and style of painting into a uniquely recognizable style. He produced more than 2,000 works, including around 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings and sketches, during the last ten years of his life. Most of his best-known works were produced in the final two years of his life, during which time he cut off part of his left ear following a breakdown in his friendship with Paul Gauguin. After this he suffered recurrent bouts of mental illness, which led to his suicide.
Though being marginalized by the society around him, he never thought of giving up his dreams, his love for painting. In his endeavor of becoming a painter, I see the determination that a creative person must possess. Too often, we see creative people are labeled with names. Some of them are even discriminated by the society as they claim that they society do not understand them. Thus, I think in order to be a successful creative person, persistence and courage are definitely important.
So, next time before we judge a person by its appearance or his surface personality, think twice. He might be the next Vincent Van Gogh, Thomas Edison or Tony Buzan!