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Captain's Log, Stardate 10.15.2009

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As I write this, I’ve just come back from church youth group, where I’ve been a youth group leader for 13 years.

Yes, you read that right. And no, I’m not completely insane (although my friends might beg to differ). I think God has given me a gift for working with teens, and since there aren’t many people who can say that, I’ve just run with it. I really like it.

Anyway, one of the games we played with the high schoolers was where Captain Caffeine flashed pictures of household items on the TV (it was a chance for the Captain to use his iPod Nano—he loaded the pics on his iPod and then hooked it up to the TV in the Sunday School room where we had the high school Bible study). The kids had to come up with creative ideas of how to use the items that weren’t conventional.

For example, he showed a (brand new) toilet plunger on the TV screen, and the kids came up with the idea that if someone were talking a lot, you could just pop! them in the mouth to shut them up. (This was aimed at a few girls who tend to talk a lot, so there was general laughter at that one.)

Anyway, he went to me as the “impartial judge” and I have to admit, while some ideas were Very Lame, some were rather creative.

Where do they come up with this stuff???

So where did my creativity go? And when did I lose it? Sometime in the ahem years since I was a teenager?

Granted, I’m not in the same environment as these kids. I don’t go to their schools, I certainly don’t spend as much time IMing and playing games on Facebook, and while I watch some of the same TV shows, I’m sorry, but I have to draw the line at One Tree Hill and Vampire Diaries (just too much teenage angst for me to stomach. After all, I continue to be very relieved I am no longer a teenager).

(Although a few of them and I do like to rehash the past week’s episode of Glee!)

Where I can dip into that teenaged well of wild imaginings and creative connections? And can I dip while avoiding the emotional angst of caring more about zits than a chem final?

Do any of you have teens? Do you know what I’m talking about?

And no, you may not mail your teens to me!


Anonymous said…
I definitely relate to "where did my creativity go?" I recently rediscovered one of my first "stories," that I wrote when I was about 10. Man! It stinks! But I love how easy it was to let my creative juices flow onto the paper back then, no matter how ridiculous they were. So now, I think my writing's improved, but it's harder to just get into the flow and to come up with new stuff. However, I find that if it's late at night and I have instrumental music (any music I have that has absolutely no vocals!) playing in my ears, I can really get those words going! Ideally, I also have sugar and/or caffeine pumping through me, but then things can also get a little crazy, lol!

Rebecca said…
I just joined the youth staff at my church about a month ago... What I want to know is where does all of their energy come from?!?! We went to a conference last Friday night - Saturday (awesome) and I was TOAST by the end. :) I'm going to be on the lookout for their creativity now...
Camy Tang said…
Sasafras, caffeine always does that to me too!

Rebecca--tell me about it! They're CRAZY! I don't know where they get all that energy. Maybe their parents are feeding them sugar tablets.
Project Journal said…
Hi Camy!
Lol...nice post : ) I am a teen and I think that really all you need is ONE person who might have a bit more energy than needed. Then, they just egg you on and befor eyou know it...we're all crazy! Just what I have been observing lately at musical rehearsal...I have plenty of time for observation because we're there for 3 hours a lot of times! And that's on school nights! We need to feel like we're doing something or(for a lot of us anyway) we'll just sit down and cry from all of the stress!

Thought I'd get my input in! : )
Camy Tang said…
Hannah, you might be right! Except I have TWO people who are mega high energy!!!!
Project Journal said…
Well then, you're doomed!! : )

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