Creativity & Prince Charles

We’ve decided it’s time for a little experiment. Lately, I (Jean-Marc) feel like I’ve been slowly losing some of the creativity I used to have. Especially when I was a kid, I would spend hours at the computer creating random games, videos, or other projects that kept my mind engaged every single day. Somewhere along the lines, that fell off, and I became less in the habit of creating than I used to be. I think this is common as we become adults, but I don’t like it, and don’t believe that being an adult means that you stop doing anything experimental or creative. It would come back in spurts, only to die off again once the particular project was over.

Anyway, I’d been reading up a bit on how to continue in creativity, and the answer is (shockingly):

To create. Everyday. No matter how small and insignificant. No exceptions.

After the absurdity of creating things to be creative passes you, it actually makes some sense when you really think about it. Actually, a lot of sense. Actually, too much sense. Therefore, the logical conclusion is to give it a shot!

This means that every day, we have to either:

  • Write a blog post OR
  • Write some music OR
  • Program something useful OR
  • Create a component for a game OR
  • Cook something new OR

That final “…” is the interactive portion of this post: you can actually be creative and fill it in with your own ideas! (And by fill it in, I mean leave a comment).

I think when I think of creating, especially as I get older, I have this irrational feeling as if whatever I create must be deep, thought-out and significant, otherwise it’s not worth creating. But the problem with that is that the task seems so big that I don’t even start. So I figure it’s better to start to create something that is insignificant, rather than not creating something that IS significant.

We can’t always write blog posts about earthquakes… thankfully.

You can check back whenever you feel like it, if you are interested at all. I’ll try and keep you up-to-date on what we’re working on at the moment, or what’s coming next. For today, this blog post is the creative thing.

Is this post significant? No. Is that OK? Yes.

However, Solveig did do something significant today, so I’ll let her finish this off.

Well, as many of you probably know, the Royals made their way across the big pond to engage with Canadians as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.  Now, I do not have many celebrity obsessions, however, I do have a certain weakness when it comes to the members of the British monarchy.  I have been following them since I was 11 years old, with the death and funeral of Princess Diana.  Her death holds a little bit of sentimental value for me, only for the fact that it is one of the first “news events” I remember of my lifetime (memories I recall of earlier events are the never-ending O.J. Simpson murder-case, the Oklahoma City bombing, the murder of Jon-Benet Ramsey, Donovan Bailey setting the world records for 100m sprint at the 1996 Summer Olympics.  Okay, I guess there were a few more than I realized).  But Diana’s death was one of those “flash memories”- I remember exactly where I was when I heard about the news.  As her life flashed across magazines and television screens and newspapers, my 11-year-old mind couldn’t help but be captivated by this glamorous, yet kind and gentle woman.  I have to admit, that I may have been slightly captivated by that 15 year-old son of her’s also. :P    To add to that list of events, I also must say that I remember Mother Teresa’s death, which came only about a week after Diana’s.  This also stands out in my mind, because my mother was deliberate to point out the virtuous and humble life that Mother Teresa lived, which was also receiving notable attention, but certainly overshadowed by Diana’s.  At any rate, thus began my intrigue and interest into this reigning family of our’s.

This is all to say, that Prince Charles and Camilla were in town, and I got to see them today!  They were taking a tour of the Legislature- one of the many pit-stops on their rigorous 4-day Canadian tour.  After waiting for 40 minutes in rain and wind and cold, they arrived and conducted a quick about.   Alas, I was not able to get a very good photo or shake their hands, but I did get to see their faces, which was enough for me!  And, this was actually my third Royal sighting, so I cannot complain.

So, this may be news of little interest to some of you, especially since Charles and Camilla don’t have the same fame status as the Queen or his and daughter-in-law, but it made me excited!  I know many people are indifferent or against the monarchy, but I like having one.  As I’ve matured out of the girlish obsession of glittering dresses and a good-looking prince (though I still like to see what Kate’s wearing- she’s so classy, but modest, and her grace, poise and humility always shines through), the monarchy has come to help define Canadian identity for me, and I believe provides some stability and consistency.  How many prime ministers have come and gone in the past 60 years, but the Queen, she’s still there.  And, she keeps on going. She inherited an entire dominion when she was only 25 years old, and her loyalty to her country and duty never waivered, which I think is admirable.  She is 86 and still conducts hundreds of diplomatic and public engagements during the year.   And did you know, even the Queen pays taxes?

As for Charles– well, he’s certainly had plenty of bad press, between his divorce from Diana, his long-standing affair with Camilla, and his seemingly cold and distant relationship with his sons.  But, I think there is a lot of Charles that the public doesn’t see; I think he actually has quite a good and close relationship with his sons, and he is involved with a lot of humanitarian work and entrepreneurial promotion, especially those pertaining to sustainable practices and environmental and technological innovation.  He also is a great patron of the arts.  And Will and Kate?  Well, to sum it all up: I think they’re both fantastic!  Even though I’m past the point of being excited to see Will’s face every time I open up my wallet, I do look forward to seeing what they will do with their lives, their country, the Commonwealth and their service.

Have any of you had the opportunity to see any of the Royal members in person before? Comment on it below!



  1. I see myself everyday in the mirror….hahaha just kidding ;)


  2. Hello you two!

    I’ve really enjoyed your last couple posts so I thought that in return I should leave a comment for you :)

    J-M: I really agree that creativity does seem to suffer as we get older…and that the scale of projects that are imagined can seem too daunting to start! I also so another recent post about how our current education system squashes the creativity out of kids (to paraphrase) by forcing them to study certain things certain ways at certain times…very thought provoking!

    Solveig: I got to see the Queen when she made a trip to Halifax when I was quite young. We were in NS visiting my grandparents (when I still lived in Ottawa) and we were on a day trip to Halifax I believe and my parents took us to see the Queen as she and her entourage walked past…I believe we still have the picture somewhere of her in her peach hat!


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