One of my kids, a middle schooler, told me last night that, "normal humans" go to bed at 9. She is the first one to wake in the morning because her bus arrives at 6:45 to take her to school. I understand her need to get to bed.
I was one of those kids who always went to bed at 9 and woke up at 5. But as an adult my sleep habits changed. There has always been a certain guilt associated with being abnormal; staying up late or sleeping in seemed rebellious.
My child is more than normal, but she is trying to fit into the normal mode of "normal humans". Such is life in Squaresville, USA, where fitting in a square box is a measure of success. I'm sure that sort of conflict, between fitting in and being comfortable with yourself, is frustrating.
So, it hit me. I noticed my creativity and "spark" has disappeared the past few years. I attributed it to age and the doldrum of being a responsible parent. But Bailey's comments and mood have convinced me there is something else at play. Sure, teenage angst and puberty are factors. I'm no spring chicken, but I think Squaresville is affecting me too.
So, with that in mind I found this nifty article about other creative people facing the same dilemma. The author claims a 9 to 5 mentality is partly to blame. I also think the environment, the sort of folks, businesses, and entertainment around us affects creativity. Regardless,Middle school is definitely a downer.