Monday, February 09, 2009

Do You Have a Creative Outlet?

I believe the ability to create and express yourself in an artistic way is a product of your past or present, whether it be from extreme emotions such as happiness and sadness. There are some people I know who “used to” draw and paint beautiful things when they were younger, while going through tumultuous times. Now, while being ‘all grown up’, they feel it’s childish to draw again or be creative in any medium they choose. “Oh I can’t draw like that anymore” or “I don’t have it in me any longer.” Although the stressful circumstances have now changed to different types of stressors in their lives, why cut off the creative flow? Why not try it again? Why do some people cut off their creative side as they approach a certain age?

“I would be so horrible at that!” I hear that all the time. Why don’t you try? Why not give it a whirl and if you don’t enjoy it, then don’t do it. You don’t have to show the world your poetry, art work, photography, or whatever it is you have a passion for---do it for yourself. I totally believe that every person has a gift, whether it’s cooking, (which is a form of art), writing, taking pictures, dancing, playing an instrument or anything really. But, if they choose not to use it...they lose it.

When I was younger, I used to do pen & ink drawings, paint and do caricatures. Then I started to play guitar, I dabbled in photography, created lyrics and composed music, and then I started writing.    If one interest faded, another one was replaced. I never let myself go without an outlet.  It’s the only thing that keeps me somewhat sane.

Do you have an outlet you never told anybody about that you feel you’re “not good” at, but you still have a passion for?