By Jennifer Seigworth
Did you know that everyone has an inner artist of some type? When I say artist, I mean that everyone has some type of creativity. I have heard many people say “I am not creative at all.” but the truth is that the pleasure of creativity has often been wrung out of us from an early age. That is a crime. But, that is why in later adulthood, you may not even remember that you had any creative skills.
If you watch children at play, you will see that each child has skills that they use to create something or to solve a problem they are faced with. And that is actually what being an artist is about; using creativity to be a problem solver. The child who is very talented at sculpting dinosaurs from clay, may continue on to high school and create amazing pottery, dreaming of making art a career choice or at the very least, a beloved hobby. The musicians, painters, dancers, actors and the writers dream of having careers they love, while sharing their talents with the world. But, that is where the pleasure of creativity is often wrung out of us. We may quickly be told that those are just selfish dreams that are impossible to make into a reality. Some very strong and courageous people go forward and do become successful, but many of us believe that it is impossible and settle for a “real” job that pays the bills. That is best for some of us, and may not be for others.
However, it is never too late to embrace that creative side again! You could dust off that old guitar, buy a new set of paints, join a pottery class or even try a new art form. You may ask, what is the point? Why bother? First of all, it is something you used to love and probably will still bring you great joy! Besides that, is a list of reasons below to find that inner artist:
• Opportunity to grown and use different parts of our brain when trying new things
• Help to acknowledge and celebrate our own uniqueness and diversity
• Allows self-expression through positive means
• Freedom in creativity because there are no rules, just fun
• Improves mood and reduces stress
• Increases confidence after creating something you are proud of
• Practicing mindfulness as living in the moment
With all of those great reasons, what is keeping you from getting creative? No time? Not sure what to do? There is always a way to carve out fifteen minutes every few days to start out on getting involved in your art form. Eventually, maybe you can work up to an hour a week, or however you are able to work it out. It is not impossible.
If you are at a loss for what art form you want to do, think of what you would enjoy spending time doing. Would you enjoy writing? Or creating art or music? Perhaps you are more of a computer person and would rather create games or graphic art. The possibilities are only as limited as your imagination. If you are really stumped, there are even quizzes online that take you through a series of questions and then your answers point you toward the direction of your most likely art form.
Right now, I think we are about to see our beautiful local community’s creativity in gardening! I am seeing many spring flowers and gardens getting groomed and prepped for lovely landscaping designs! So, whatever your art form- let it shine!