Wednesday, April 4, 2012

It's Not Easy to Type with a Parrotlet on Your Finger

A thought occurred to me this morning, sort of along the lines of the 'fake it 'til you make it' kind of thinking...As a creative person, I find myself easily blocked when swirling emotions take over--stress, anger, sadness, anxiety, depression...And this year I've been feeling a lot of that mess. I seem to over use the excuse that it's hard to create if I'm not 'in the mood'...that I need to be happy or content, calm and at peace to paint or draw or write. But, if that were the case, if a certain level of happiness was required for artists or writers to create, then think what a horribly drab place this world would be! Not that I think everyone is continually stressed or miserably unhappy, but if you had to be feeling some level of contentedness to be able to create, then I just imagine there would be a whole lot less creating going on.

So then I also got to thinking that if this 'smiling until you feel happy' theory really works (and it does if you've ever tried it...) then, why not making yourself sit and paint or draw or write until you can find yourself back in that zone, that level of peace where creativity flows? Rather than sitting complacently in the dark, doing nothing, letting despair get the better of you--draw some beauty from the sadness. That's kind of my goal this year with taking on these creativity challenges. I can choose to sit and mope because we haven't moved yet or I can decide to dig in and grow from the experience, do something positive with this time. Besides training Squiggy how to skateboard...oh yeah...he can do it! As soon as he gets over his fear of the skateboard...

Checkin' out the new ride...
So then, I hope you'll bear with me as I try to get over myself and work out a little long overdue creative venturing...Hopefully I'll have some skateboarding videos to post soon, too!

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