Sometimes, life is hard. It can stretch and pull us to our core. As creators, it’s easy to lay aside our gifts and talents to “tend” to life’s priorities that continue to surface over and over again.
It’s easy to say; I’ll create when I feel good, I’ll create when life isn’t so hectic, I’ll create when the pain goes away. However, these are the cracks in our life that make our creativity authentic, unique and resonate with others. Life is messy. Sometimes our art needs to be messy too.
Writing, painting, composing and being creative is not just a means of communication or a creative outlet; it can also serve as a powerful tool for self-expression, healing, and personal growth - especially during times of crisis and stress. In fact, tapping into our creative abilities and expressing ourselves through the arts can play a pivotal role in navigating these challenging periods. By putting our thoughts and emotions into words, we can gain a deeper understanding of our own experiences, find solace, and even inspire others who may be going through similar struggles.
During times of crisis, such as the recent global pandemic, wars or personal hardships, we often experience overwhelming emotions that can be difficult to process. Bottling up these emotions can lead to increased stress, anxiety, and even physical health problems. However, when we engage in the act of writing and creating, we give ourselves permission to release these inner tensions and worries onto a tangible medium.
Through creating art, we can unload the weight of our troubles, allowing our minds to experience a sense of relief and clarity. Journaling, for instance, can provide an opportunity to express raw and unfiltered emotions. This process enables us to address our fears, worries, and frustrations, helping to alleviate stress and anxiety. In turn, this practice can promote a healthier state of mind and strengthen our ability to cope with adversity.
In addition to self-reflection, writing and creating during times of crisis can also provide us with an opportunity to explore our innermost thoughts and desires. This process of introspection can lead not only to a better understanding of ourselves but also to the discovery of previously unknown passions, strengths, and aspirations. By delving deep into our thoughts and feelings, we tap into our creativity and unlock parts of ourselves that had been dormant or overlooked.
Furthermore, creating during times of crisis can act as a channel for positive transformation and inspire others who may be going through similar difficulties. Whether it is sharing our personal experiences, offering insights, or providing practical tips for overcoming challenges, creating gives us a platform to connect with others on a deeper level. It allows us to uplift and empower others by showing them that they are not alone and that there is a way forward. It is a well known fact, that during war and pandemics, people turn to arts and entertainment for escape, solace, and much needed laughter. We all need light during dark times.
You have a unique gift as a creative to not only use your gifts to maneuver through difficult times, but to lift others up as well. Your voice matters, your art inspires, and your talents are needed to keep our eyes lifted up to the light.
Create a great day in the cracks of your life!
Carol Frazier is an Artist, Author & High Performance Coach Providing Mentorship, Management and Media Services to Creative Visionaries; Founder The Art Estate. To inquire about working with Carol Frazier and her team book a complimentary call: https://calendly.com/carolfrazier/create-time-to-create
Photography by Simon Lee