Life. Is. Crazy. Thats not unique to my experience at all. We’re all busy and caught up in our own lives. It can be hard to find “me time,” or time to do something that nourishes the soul. A lot of people have an escape from the day to day grind, and mine is photography.
As I look back on my creative life, I realize that, for me, having a creative outlet is essentially my way of meditating. For years, I’ve been told I should be meditating, but I’ve been really bad about making it a part of my daily routine. It’s damn near impossible, when you live in noisy homes. Instead, getting into the creative flow is my way of meditating.
When I get into that flow state, nothing else matters. My worries slip away, and I become so engrossed in what I am creating, that my mind clears of chatter, and time ceases to exist. Really, its an amazing thing, and I’m not sure where I’d be without it.
The funny thing is that I relearned this from preschoolers. While teaching, I would observe them becoming engrossed in their art, or play. They didn’t care about anything but the process. It made me realize, there was something going on during the process, and the product really wasn’t all that important. Once I came to that conclusion, I was able to play freely again, and explore my creativity. Playing with young children is a great way to play without judgment, by the way.
Having a creative outlet has impacted me in other ways as well. Photography has pushed me to go explore nature much more than I ever would have without a camera. Now, I’m constantly seeking solace in more secluded areas.
Through photography, I was also able to prove to myself that I can do amazing things, when I put my mind to it. I designed my own curriculum to help myself go form hobbyist to professional. Doing stuff like that does wonders for confidence. Now, I know I can succeed at whatever I really focus on. And, now that my life is freeing up again soon, I’m ready to get refocused and push myself to become an even better photographer.
Shannon has been on top of things, while I’ve been super busy, and she has created a hub of all of the participants in the blog tour. Click here to go see who else has written about their creative outlet. You can also join in on the blog tour by writing your own essay on the topic. Just give us a link and we’ll add you to the hub.