FYI, air-pumps inflate cars

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Little Sarah, ready to brace the rapids in Canada’s mighty lakes. More importantly, ready to take on anything the world threw at her.

Here are four things I knew to be true as a kid.

  1. Air-pumps inflate cars. I only knew that because I would test out the seats as my dad pumped in air. I’d also give him a reassuring nod through the window to let him know the air was getting to my seats.
  2. If you want something, get it. As the youngest of four children, I found that the most effective way to do this was to persuade my sister to play Garage Sale. Here’s how you play: Put your least favourite toys up for sale and convince your sister to put up her most prized possessions. Usually it worked. Unless it was the stuffed animal she got a few months prior.
  3. The Mandarin has the most technical dish system known to man. Their elaborate system underneath the table collects your dirty dishes when you leave to fill up a new plate. How? The table would open like elevator doors and suck in the dirty dish. Clearly, I didn’t see the waiters.
  4. Asking questions, specifically “(but) why”, is an easy way to get all the answers you want. It’s also a really great way to annoy everyone.

And then I grew up.

School happened and we were told to ask good questions and colour within the lines. Peach, yellow, black and brown were the right skin colours to choose from, we should colour in pink dresses for girls, and  draw blue jeans and red T-shirts for boys. Teachers taught me how to learn, friends taught me how to talk and magazines told me how to dress. And I followed them all.

Over the course of 17 years, my imagination, creativity and curiosity took a hit.

With every year that passed, I felt burdened by the world. I found that my creativity came slow and my imagination was lacking. The last time I’ve gone out on my imaginative limb was when I told my friend that I wanted to marry someone with the last name “Ng” and change my middle from “Hoi-Lam” to “Nadine”. Why? So my name would be “Sarah Nade Ng” (get it?). Not as creative as a 5 year-old Sarah in my opinion.

But the fact I thought like that gave me hope. The little Sarah who thought air-pumps inflated cars was still around. Finding my way back to that creative side could be my greatest asset in the future.

Fast forward to now.

Today’s lecture in my Marketing and Communication for Development Agents class started off with Richard Laermer and Mark Simmon’s Punk Rock Manifesto. They constructed a witty yet cleverly thought-out manifesto for getting off your ass and becoming part of where marketing is today. The first article, “Avoid Risk and Die” is based on the idea that in times change, the greatest risk is to take none at all. The second article, Why Not as ‘Why Not?’, reminds us to question everything in order to stimulate our creative juices. (This carries on through to the the 15th article where they ask you to contribute to the manifesto).

Executing Laermer and Simmon’s Manifesto requires a  willingness to think outside of the box, a sense of confidence in yourself and your course of action, and an acceptance of the after shocks– whatever it may be. But most importantly, it demands for our inner-child to shine brightly.

So here’s my addition to the Punk Rock Manifesto. The 15th article:

Let your inner-child shine. Reignite the flame that drives your curiosity, creativity, and imagination and be brave enough to let it take you where it flies.

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What would you add to the Punk Rock Manifesto? How has your journey with your imagination, creativity and curiosity panned out since you were young? 

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