I Can Hear Music
|Silly? This is serious business.|
From the Heart
Deep down inside, beyond the reach of reason, responsibility, and rational thought, are the concerns that move you most. Your core values are what invigorate your heart – so why not let them invigorate your art? Whether you spend your Saturdays canvassing for Greenpeace, your Thanksgivings serving turkey at a homeless shelter, or a percentage of your paycheck funding cancer research, your commitments can fuel your creativity as well as the causes you believe in. Reach in and find the feeling that makes you glad to spend your holidays among strangers, then give that emotion expression in your chosen medium.
Be Really Silly
Sitting around alone in a darkened room for days or weeks at a time, toiling away at creations that might or might not see the light of day, forgetting to eat, sleep, or go to step aerobics classes can lead a creative person to take herself or himself a bit too seriously. Loosen up, and your creative output will reap the benefits. If your usual medium is oil on canvas, get your hands into finger paints and leave your prints on paper, the refrigerator, a mirror. If you sculpt, bring a pail and a shovel to the nearest beach. If you're into construction, build yourself a kite and spend a day in the park trying to fly it and rescuing it out of trees.
There's a place in the world for frozen peas, salad in a bag, and even processed cheese – but who wouldn't rather bite into a fresh-hulled pea, a fresh-picked lettuce leaf, or a morsel of aged Brie? When it comes to buying what you need to stimulate and satisfy your urge to create, you can make a similar choice: buy high on the food chain (prestretched canvases, preselected watercolor sets, paint-by-numbers software programs) or treat yourself to raw materials that touch the raw nerve of your creativity. No need to consider it a luxury to walk into an art store and pick up two or three things you've never tried – just consider it your creativity staples.
Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain. Source
Remember the Little Engine That Could, chugging its way up the hill, huffing, "I think I can! I think I can! as it went? Sometimes you've got to be your own little engine, chanting "I know I can! I know I can!" despite all the seemingly inarguable evidence to the contrary. And while you're chanting for self-confidence, try these other mantras. Say the names of all the people you admire (including yourself) who have overcome adversity to achieve great (self-defined) success. Say the names of all the people who have achieved this success when they were your age, or older. Say the names of all people who believe in your more than you believe in yourself.I have always hated the Little Engine That Could. To be fair, I never encountered it until after I became a cynic. Let's face it. If I was a character from a children's book I'd be Eeyore. I've even had a shrink ask me if I could try to be 50% less cynical. I laughed and said it sounds like a soap commercial. New. Improved. 50% less cynical. He had no sense of humor so he got quite angry. He actually lost it. Cynic 1. Shrink 0.