Cultivating Self-Love Through Art
Before you ask me how art and self-love are related, I’d like you to ask yourself a simple question. Do you consider yourself creative? Give it a thought. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a painter, illustrator or designer. You don’t even have to be a filmmaker or writer.
As weird as it may sound to you, I believe you can be creative even without creating a single piece of art. Creativity comes in so many forms. The way you speak, move, make people laugh, get dressed, cook, decorate your home, write proposals, put together spreadsheets or presentations. Just think about it. As an individual, you happen to use creativity in most of the everyday tasks you do.
I’ve spent my entire college life not knowing where I belonged. I was graduating as a Computer Science engineer trying to grasp onto something meaningful that gives me a reason and direction. But it was after 4 years that I realized, writing is what makes me feel useful and worthy. It’s what allows me to be myself. The love and respect for my work nurtured self-love in ways I hadn’t known.
But like I said before, it is completely different for everyone. You could feel this way through singing, working on your car, going for a run, learning a new skill; it can be literally anything that adds a character to your individuality. Finding this character is also an act of self-love. The way you feed your creativity and, respect and love the things inside of you that make you who you are.
So, if you’re feeling lost or drained (and need a break), do something creative. It gives you the much-needed ‘me’ time. It’ll help you get to know yourself better. Try to fall in love with yourself. It’ll help you become more creative in your chosen way.
Create something today as an act of self-love. Do something just for you; something that makes you feel alive and glad. It can be literally anything. We are all creative in our own way, and we crave the creativity of others to feel connected and inspired. So, pick up your pen, pencil or brush, and get to work!