Article written by Curriculum Lead, Robyn
I really enjoy creating when I feel like it and it isn’t forced, sometimes this can take a few hours and sometimes it is a quick doodle but either way I can express myself through creativity.
Creating something requires me to be fully present in the moment so I’m able to make decisions about colour, texture and pattern. Being present in the moment helps to slow the pace of the thoughts in my mind (that have a tendency to race especially in the ongoing uncertain times). Luckily, I’m reassured that my racing thoughts are my mind and body trying to protect me.
Here is an example of something I created because I wanted to. I was sat at my desk with my pencils at hand, so it just happened. Sometimes my creations have a snowball effect and lead onto a bigger project but most of the time they don’t.
Looking at this picture brings back fond memories of colouring in my childhood and the fact that I can still colour whenever I feel like it brings me a great sense of joy. I’m quite a reflective person and, equally, I often wonder what the future will be like for me, either way it will undoubtedly include creativity throughout.
It feels quite vulnerable to share my circle of pencil sharpenings because it’s personal to me and not something that necessarily needs to be shared but I think it emphasises the importance of making creations a reflection of who I am and what I like.
As you can imagine I also like a lot of creative people and here are some quotes that I liked:
- “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou
- “The more I deal with the work as something that is my own, as something that is personal, the more successful it is.” — Marian Bantjes
- “Every great design begins with an even better story.” — Lorinda Mamo
I hope this encourages you to create something just for you during mental health awareness week.