I’m Joana Johnson.
From the first day of Spring 2010 to first day of Spring 2011 I have turned my growing family into a laboratory, a la Jean Piaget style. I am studying us, beginning with myself and including my five children, even the newest addition. My purpose is to direct our family towards living the Creative Life using the wisdom of the greatest Creators throughout History, current Neuroscientific research, Creativity Theory and the insight of living Creators. I’ve chosen to focus on the Creative Life because Creativity, with a capital “C”, swims in all things that make life worth living, including meaning, purpose, human bonding, contribution to society and the full use of human capacity and potential.
I will use Creativity as explained by Mihalyi Csikszentmihaly as the working definition for this project. Csikszentmihalyi says,
Creativity is any act, idea, or product that changes an existing domain, or that transforms an existing domain into a new one.
The definition of a creative person is: someone whose thoughts or actions change a domain, or establish a new domain…a domain cannot be changed without explicit or implicit consent of a field responsible for it.
A Creative Life cannot be fashioned in one year. Becoming Creative is not only complicated and multi-factoral but time-consuming. At least 10,000 hours must be logged in a single domain for the Creator to even have a platform to stand on.
Living the Creative Life does not guarantee success as a Creator, but I concur with Thomas Jefferson in that
Dispositions of the mind, like limbs of the body, acquire strength by exercise.
So, we’ll experiment, work and learn as Creators do. We’ll test drive this version of full-blast living. And I’ll be writing about the process.
Just as there is never really a perfect time to have a child, you just do it and brace yourself for the roller-coaster ride called parenthood, there is no best time to start a project like this. I began when I was 29 weeks pregnant and on forced bed rest due to serious maternal/fetal blood incompatibility complications. My children, ages 10, 7, 5 and 23 months, were unsettled and trying to adjust to having a mom that could not get up to make them lunch or help them get dressed in the morning. But, between hospital overnights and Skyped conversations, I spent my days and nights on a brand new lazy-boy chair in the grand central space we call The Music Room. Our old piano is here and our shelves are stuffed with great books. There are Kapla blocks to build with and a wooden castle with queens and kings to play with. This is the place where we began; a place in a time of change, a place where my body was creating a new life, a place where my mind longed to do the same.
NOTE (Summer 2011):
I’m busy working on a book length project.
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