As we get older, leave college, get a job, get married, etc, we quickly settle into our routine. When life happens it is easy to lose our creativity. We become so busy that the creative outlets of our your get pushed aside. Here’s the problem with all of that. Our creative outlets be it writing, photography, painting or singing not only relieve stress, but they stoke the creative fire of our minds. Even creative outlets, like painting for me, that are sources of painful reminders of art class failures can stoke that creative fire while healing the soul.
When we let our creative self go dormant, our thinking becomes constrained. We get stuck in the rut of life and the rat race. The issues is you don’t know what has been lost until it has been rediscovered. As a matter of dealing with grief, I started this blog and began writing again. The consequence is the way I think and approach the world is changing. It is broadening with my creative outlets and I’m finding myself thinking more creatively and productively about the challenges I face at work or home.
Note about the pictures: I picked the pictures of Jake for this post because of the creative composition of both poses. I took the the featured image was on Mt. Ulricken in Bergen during this trip. Jake’s best friend took the photo on the stairs in Venice. The painting was my second attempt at paint and sip with Debbie and family. I redid the Eifle Tower about 80 times, but it still looks like a rocket ship. I took the last photo while on the boat in Flam.