Rita, Art, and YOU!
Many people have never had the opportunity to activate that creative self. For others, it’s been a very long time since they’ve been in touch with their inner artists. Perhaps a sibling, classmate, maybe even a teacher or parent, gave you negative feedback on something you’d created when you were very young. And suddenly you decided to shut down an entire side of your being. You may have said – perhaps subconsciously – something like, “I’m never going to paint, draw, or color again.” And so you closed off a very important part of yourself.
Some others may have been very artistic and creative when younger – but then “found out” that you couldn’t make a living at it. And so you stopped creating. You let life, work, and concerns get in your way. You stopped finding time for something that gave you so much joy.
YOUR ARTISTIC/CREATIVE SELF NEEDS TO BE BOTH NURTURED AND SET FREE.
When you access your inner artist, it provides you with the opportunity to create and discover something new. Art can be very therapeutic, relieving stress in your day-to-day life, and releasing old traumas and baggage that you didn’t even know you were still carrying around – or that you didn’t even know were still affecting your everyday life and decision-making.
I love encouraging people to follow their creative instincts and nourish their artistic sides in one way or another. If not painting, then sculpting. So you can’t draw, then do beadwork. The heat of glass blowing is too much for you, how about woodworking? Can’t carry a tune in a bucket or play an instrument, then try knitting or crocheting. And it’s okay if your creative works aren’t museum/concert-ready right out of the gate. The point is to find something you’d like to do and do it. Your artistic muscles might be a little bit weak at first – but just like any other muscles – they’ll get stronger with use and training!