So what exactly does one do in creativity class?
Well, part of me feels like I’ve signed up for group therapy.
We do trust exercises. We sit in a circle and pass around a teddy bear. We say positive affirmations toward one another.
But the thing is, while I wanted to be skeptical about it all, it actually has done a lot already. And it’s only been one day of class.
I feel like I’ve stepped onto the set of The Breakfast Club, with random people thrown into a situation where we’re stuck in a room together for an extended period of time (in this case, four hours a week) and we somehow bond over being stuck in a room together for an extended period of time. And it’s comforting, in a way, because that means I’ll leave this class with about 15 new people I can trust and understand. But it also means that I’m going to have to be more open– and surprisingly, opening up to other people isn’t going to be the hard part. It’s going to be opening up to myself.
And really, that’s part of what The Breakfast Club gets at. When the teens open up to each other, they’re not just confiding in someone else, but confiding in themselves. They’re facing upfront who they are and what they’ve been struggling with. And coming face to face with yourself can be so much harder than you thought.
On the bright side, maybe facing myself means I’ll actually find my inner creative genius. Or at least be able to draw at a higher level than stick figures. Fingers crossed.