How to Remain an Artist
We Lose Our Creativity with Age
Do you remember back when you were young? Maybe between 5 and 10 years old? If you don’t, I can fill you in. You were carefree. You loved to play, explore, imagine, and create. You painted, drew, and used sticks and stones to design. Everything you created was a masterpiece, and in your mind your works of art were superb; they were flawless.
As you grew up, you lost that creativity. Your works of art suffered, and you became your own worst critic. You stopped painting. You stopped drawing. You stopped creating. What happened along the way? Where did that youth-like wonder, passion, and creativity go?
In part it is because of society. In part it is because of ourselves.
Why We Lose our Artistry
When we are little, we are encouraged to explore, create, design, and draw. There are no rules other than to draw whatever is on your mind.
As we grow, however, we are told we can’t express ourselves in that manner. We are told to stay inside the lines. We are told that ducks aren’t blue. We are told “that’s not how you draw that…” Society has expectations of us and we are conformed to those expectations.
And we let this happen. We willingly stay inside the lines. We subscribe to the idea of, “that’s not how it’s done.” And we let the creativity slip away as we go along with what we are supposed to do.
How to Remain an Artist When You Grow Up
Reverting back to our childlike ways might not be entirely beneficial. If you’re out in the alley after work catching grasshoppers, drawing on the sidewalk with chalk, and poking stick at frogs, you might get locked up. But that’s not entirely what is meant by remaining an artist.
To remain an artist is to keep the childlike awe. It means to let yourself create. Let yourself wonder. Let yourself learn. Want to remain an artist? Here are a few ways you can get started.
Read – How many of us still read every day? If you’re like most, you largely stopped reading after college. Let yourself read whatever you want. Let your mind explore and be transported to new places, magical places, and places that could never exist in your reality. Open your mind up to creativity by getting rid of the logical limits our world places on life.
Create – You don’t have to be the best artist in the world in order to create something beautiful. And since art comes in many different forms, you can find one that you love. You can draw, paint, use chalks, woodwork, metal work, sculpt, or design. Art can be as simple as organizing the stones in the yard. If it’s beautiful to you, it’s art.
Think – Humans today are stuck in a conundrum. As a whole we have more knowledge than ever. But as individuals we are getting stupider. We are forgetting how to think for ourselves, and forgetting how to slow down. Got a spare minute? Surf through Facebook. Sitting on the toilet? Read the news. We don’t take time to just ponder things the way we did when we were young. Stop, think, and ponder.
Forget – Throughout the day our brains get cluttered with “stuff.” We have our jobs to worry about, our families, finances, world events, houses, cars, and more. We have a lot on our minds, and we need to get rid of it. Kids don’t worry about anything, their focus is on here and now. Forget about what other people think of you for a while. Forget about the worries of the world for a bit. Focus on what is going on at this very moment. Stress exists only in the past and the future; in the present, there is no stress.
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