I have had quite the remember-forget relationship with art, which is no way to maintain a connection with something you’re certain you love. Drawing has always been somewhat of a secret talent of mine that few have insight to. And few have insight because I am constantly on the forgetful side of my relationship with it. I’d say it’s a good time to remember again.
A few years back, I was working part time for a florist in San Diego while I searched for a full-time job that suited me. I spent the majority of my free days in coffee shops around Encinitas reading, writing, and drawing. It was blissful, but didn’t really align with how I was raised to pursue life. Those days spent creating, however, were some of my happiest, especially during a career slump that was otherwise highly stressful.
I think this had to do with the fact that art — art for me being writing and drawing — is the perfect momentary escape from a mundane or a taxing day to day. It has a unique way of stimulating the mind, where other commonplace things like applying for jobs, writing Excel formulas and reading emails just can’t. And it also has a wonderful way of inspiring others who stumble upon it.
There was a period of time recently where I would come home from work, maybe make my way to the gym, make dinner, watch Netflix, then go to bed. I convinced myself that my job was writing, so the afternoons should be spent doing completely mindless activities to refresh myself creatively. That poor excuse and the repetitive days that followed did nothing but hinder my inspiration. There was a void of imagination and reflection that was essential for me to be the best that I could be, both at work and in my every day. I started this blog in the midst of this sterile time and could instantly feel myself improving in all aspects of life — happiness, productivity, health.
And in a similar fashion, I’ve taken it upon myself to return to the drawing board, or the drawing pad, so to say. There’s no monetary gain and, therefore, not much to lose by indulging in a few of my most heartening pastimes all at once.
Hopefully, in the next couple of months I’ll be able to revisit this post with an update and some examples of what I’ve been working on. I’d love to share this secret talent of mine. Until then, I encourage others to pursue what gets their cogs turning, so to speak, or to give something they’ve lost touch with another chance. It’s amazing what that remembering can do.