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Navigating Muddy Waters My story as a creative roadrunner

I always loved playing iSpy as a child. I would rarely guess what the other person spied "with their little eye" on the first, or second, or third try... but the clever game taught me to be more observant of the world around me; focusing on the colors, shapes, and textures of my surroundings, then using logic and reasoning to draw conclusions.

I would define creativity as the outward reflection of our internalized perceptions. I believe this unique perception of the world gives us power because we can leverage it to develop innovative solutions and ideas that will ultimately improve our workplaces, personal lives, and communities.

creativity is the outward reflection of our internalized perceptions.

Because my experience of the world is what drives my creativity, I spend a lot of time exploring new people, places, and ideas that allow me to challenge and transform my perceptions. Reflection through photo journaling is one way that I like to internalize my experiences; it also allows me to tap into those feelings later on when I look through my journal.

As student who values innovation and transformation, I feel lucky to be attending UTSA, a university dedicated to supporting the "fearless exploration of dreams and ideas in the advancement of integrity, creativity, and discovery".

"Support the fearless exploration of dreams and ideas in the advancement of integrity, creativity, and discovery" - The Roadrunner Creed

Being a roadrunner has allowed me to explore myself as a leader, lifelong learner, and innovator. Moreover, by seizing opportunities for personal development and exploration provided by UTSA, I have been able to accrue valuable lessons about how to develop a vision and "foster a healthy disregard for the impossible".

"Foster a healthy disregard for the impossible".

I also leverage my vision and creativity in the workplace by mashing up ideas and developing unique solutions to business problems. I value the opinions of my superiors, but I'm never afraid to question a process that's in place if I see it can be improved.

I'm never afraid to question a process that's in place if I see it can be improved.

Achieving clarity in my visions is one of the biggest challenges I encounter when tapping into my creativity. Navigating a new idea or design often feels like I'm swimming in muddy water with no clear direction or light at the end of the tunnel.

I love lotus flowers because they remind me to be optimistic during those difficult times, and they symbolize the beauty that comes with transformation. Thich Nhat Hanh in the book, "No Mud, No Lotus" states:

"It is possible of course to get stuck in the “mud” of life. It’s easy enough to notice mud all over you at times... and most people are afraid of suffering. But there can be no lotus flower without the mud."

As a roadrunner, I know that embracing creativity also means I will need to embrace the mud. It is my hope that by sharing my story I can also inspire others to do the same.

Credits:

Created with images by Bruno - "untitled image" • Edi Libedinsky - "Look" • Kyle Popineau - "Tower viewer on a pier" • Jay Castor - "Pristine water lily" • Roopak Ravi - "Childhood 😍😍"