I keep trying to distil my varied thoughts on the significance of art practice down to the simplest concept. And a few mornings ago, while walking through the forest, it was more clear. It struck me how we (broader society) are actually saying that if you can’t paint, draw, sing or dance really well, you’re not allowed to do it. Or, at least, we don’t want to see or hear you do it!
And then I immediately think of young children because this is the time when we are closest to our natural state. Before we become self-conscious and subjugated by societal conditioning. We just do that creative stuff! Why? Because we want to! Remember yourself as a young child?
Do we want a world in which only the best get to ply their craft, to express and create, while the masses endure a dull and barren existence? A world in which we merely consume what is prescribed for us? If someone wants to paint and they are doing it because they enjoy it, and it has meaning and is of benefit to them, then they should be heartily encouraged.
In some ways we are emerging from the era of the guru, idol, and icon of perfection and forging a new era in which we tune into and value our own wisdom, abilities and creative potential.
So sing, dance, paint, sculpt – create whatever, and share it! Do it because you love the process. And through this process you will also grow AND show others that they have the freedom to do the same!
Does this resonate with you? I would love to hear your insights and experiences!