I’ve not always liked my life.
I’d complain about it, but never do anything about it, that is until now.
Lately, in a series of events that can be described as nothing short of ‘spiritual’, I have been moved to and by the arts.
I’ve enjoyed comedy, film, classical music (currently listening while writing), current music, pieces of literature, speeches, photography, etc. I’ve been moved by each of these beautiful and sacred practices.
On my days off, I create. The computer gets shut (unless editing or writing) and I out the door I go to take photos. I’ve added photography to my self-care routine. I’ve also recently added walking to my routine.
I encourage you to list and consider how much time you’ve been spending on each thing in your life that builds your heart, brings a smile to your face and ignites your inner-self.
Earlier this week, I spoke with a businesswoman in China. “Teacher, I love photography but have no time for it. I need money.” I understand money, I do, but at this tender moment in my life, I’ve already realized how quickly money and your possessions can depart from you.
I came to this humbling realization the hard way. After my second incarceration, a repossessed car, chapter 7 bankruptcy, and termination from 3 jobs between the ages of 28-29, I realized that anyone can fail and fail hard.
Jim Carrey once said in this commencement speech, “I learned many, many lessons from my father, but not least of which is that you can fail at something you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance doing what you love.”
Life can quickly turn the tables on you (often with your help), but if you truly care for yourself, not just in mind but in action, also, you will be able to handle the chaos with strength instead of reacting with more chaos.
Turn inward and create outward.
Need an idea of what to pursue? Lifehack lists great benefits of many types of creative pursuits you could try.
For me, photography and writing are creative avenues to my heart. I try to create words from pictures and pictures from ideas. It works for me; you must find what works for you.
What inspires you?
Tap into your creative side.
You never know, your brain and heart may thank you.
Be well friends,