You may have it in your mind that you want to grow old gracefully, but the most creative, eccentric, non-conformist minds and thinkers just want to keep being themselves. Some of the ideas that more creative minds hold aren’t any easier to accept by the masses as they get more mature in age, but older people are a lot less likely to be judgemental than younger folks. And while you think that creative people ‘mellow out’ or even start to discard their former beliefs as they reach their golden years, quite the opposite can be true. Those who studied Wicca in their youth are highly likely to hold onto at least a portion of their beliefs, even after raising a family or entering the corporate world. When creative minds get older, they just find more concrete evidence to support their varied and unique ways of thinking.
They Are More Willing to Listen to Opposing Views
In your youth, you might have supported the idea of anarchy simply because you weren’t satisfied with the way the government was being operated at the time. Although you may no longer support complete rebellion, it is likely that political views still support your level of dissatisfaction. At the same time, the older and wiser are more interested in seeking out long term solutions, which can come from either side of the aisle. While a younger creative person with very specific and totalitarian views may not even feel comfortable associating with someone who holds opposing views, their older counterparts relish the opportunity to pick their minds. Perhaps it is because you become more comfortable with who you are and what you are that having a candid conversation with someone who is not like you no longer feels like your personal identity is being challenged.
Nonconformity Is No Longer the Status Quo
People who are creative are also unique, and they know it, and in most instances, they want to stand out. Whether that means they alter their physical appearances permanently or are simply outspoken about their ideas, the notion of being a nonconformist is actually kind of like a certain rite of passage that creative minds go through in their youth. Holding widely accepted ideals might’ve even gotten you called out by other creative people, especially if you belonged to a collective or were seen as an innovator in your community. Personal ideas are generally shaped by personal experience, and as you go through life, you can go through eye-opening situations that shake up your personal beliefs. As you get older you don’t care so much about what other people think, whether they are fellow creative minds or not.
Older Creative Minds No Longer Have Anything to Prove
You don’t have to be in the twilight of your life to completely tune out the masses. After spending a lifetime being judged first by your parents, siblings, and then your children, there really isn’t much that a stranger or even a friend that can say to make you change your belief system. By the time you reach a mature age, you get comfort from knowing that your personal ideas and even your level of creativity remains totally unchallenged by your inner voice.
Creative minds can get simpler or more complex as they age, as the type of changes that they go through completely depend on the person in question. Creative minds can see more that is hidden behind the surface as they age, drawing upon the things they have gone through in their lives to remain grounded. And last but not least, older creative minds provide inspiration to members of the younger generation who are still nervous about what is yet to come.