Dare To Be A Creative Third Culture Kid

I have a feeling that third culture kids are really creative. It's a feeling I have and when I checked a definition online it mentioned that TCKs often contribute to society as a whole in unique and creative ways. The word "creative" is mentioned here too!

Here's the definition of third culture kids as it is written on www.tckworld.com

"A TCK is an individual who, having spent a significant part of the developmental years in a culture other than that of their parents, develops a sense of relationship to both. These children of business executives, soldiers and sailors, diplomats, and missionaries who live abroad, become "culture-blended" persons who often contribute in unique and creative ways to society as a whole."

Why do I think third culture kids, or children who grew up overseas are so creative:
  • they think "out of the box"
  • they are flexible and adaptable
  • have a broader worldview
The free online dictionary says creative means:
1. Having the ability or power to create: Human beings are creative animals.
2. Productive; creating.
3. Characterized by originality and expressiveness; imaginative

Human beings are creative, well I would say third culture kids are creative, productive and characterized by originality and expressiveness. Even our existence is original, each third culture kid has such a unique story. We are characterized by originality. Creative people are characterized by sophisticated bending of the rules or conventions, and characterized by originality of thought. I must admit I often have original ideas.
    Recently I read a post Shanghai's Calling You on Linda's blog: Adventures in Expat Land. She wrote about a contest that is being held, an expat story contest. There's a film that's called "Shanghai's Calling", I really want to see this film by the way. The contest is all about stories of things that happened abroad. When I read the post on Linda's blog I thought TCKs often have many stories too, sometimes they are hidden stories but now's your time to shine.

    There's beauty in symmetry: The Worlds Within by DrieCulturen
    This week I heard about a new Third Culture Kid Anthology of art and writing that is in the make. The call for submissions has started recently. The editor of the new book is Eva Laszlo-Herbert and the publisher is Jo Parfitt.

    Any third culture kid between the age of 0 and 27 years old can submit art work or writing. The deadline for submission is 30th June 2013. If you are older than 27 you can submit writing too but you have to have been younger than 27 at the moment of writing.

    The book will be called "The Worlds Within" an anthology of TCK art and writing: young, global and between cultures. So please share your hidden stories, your world within, by letting it out, sometimes healing comes within. This is a great opportunity for international schools to encourage their students to be creative. International school teachers I hope you challenge your students to participate.

    Are you creative? Do you agree that third culture kids are creative? Any suggestions why they are so creative?

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