[IT'S BEEN SAID BEFORE] Calvin + Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson On Retaining A Sense Of Play

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In a 1990 commencement speech to Gambier, Ohio's Kenyon College, Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson famously shared "Some Thoughts On The Real World By One Who Glimpsed It And Fled". A few lines from his speech inspire us and serve as a reminder to keep a sense of play in everything we do.


"Letting your mind play is the best way to solve problems. For me, it's been liberating to put myself in the mind of a fictitious six year-old each day, and rediscover my own curiosity. I've been amazed at how one ideas leads to others if I allow my mind to play and wander.

If you indulge your natural curiosity and retain a sense of fun in new experience, I think you'll find it functions as a sort of shock absorber for the bumpy road ahead."


You can read the speech in it's entirety here