Do you have an artistic outlet?
Yes? Good! You may stop reading now.
No? Get one. Especially if your life is booked to the max, or you’re an insomniac, or you feel frazzled, or you spend your days aimlessly wandering the city, or you inexplicably got into a heated argument with the Belgian Fry guy about the authenticity of said fries, or you can’t decide between lager and ale. Art will soothe whatever ails you.
You’re not artistic, you say?
Of course you are. We’re all artistic. You just haven’t exercised it. Or you were talked out of it at some point.
Let your art light up your life and you’ll feel the benefits. How? Start experimenting:
- playing or writing music
- singing or rapping
- poetry or story writing
- cooking or baking
- jewellery making
That’s a long list! I don’t know where to start….
Revisit something you haven’t done in ages, and pay special attention to things you loved doing — or wanted to do — as a kid. Or, experiment with something completely new.
What is this lighting up of my life you promise?
Your art will make you smile. Your art will help you relax. Time spent on your art will probably turn into some of your favorite moments.
But I don’t have any time!
Take the moments wherever you can — on your lunch break, while you’re waiting for the rinse cycle, on your commute to work, when you wake up early and can’t get back to sleep, while you’re bathing your hedgehog.
As your joy increases you’ll find more time.
But I’m no good at it!
So what? All that matters is that you enjoy it. Besides, we’re often our own worst critics. If you gravitate toward something you most likely have a natural aptitude of some degree.
Get your art on like nobody’s watching, baby.
“Practice any art…no matter how well or badly…to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.”
~ Kurt Vonnegut