You know what’s generally not a great lifestyle if you want to feel free, fulfilled, and enthusiastic about the limitless potential that life has in store? Working at a job you hate, day after day, following the exact same passive routine in all of your off-hours, and drowning your sorrows in the same bars each weekend.
For life to be really rewarding and exciting, and to seem to offer up the full scope of potential that we’re all looking for, we need to do things that we find meaningful and fulfilling.
How creating art adds more meaning to your life?
By helping you to explore, understand, and come to terms with some of your emotions
Some of us are more rational by default in how we deal with the world, and others are more emotional. Regardless, all of us are emotional to some degree. That’s just part of being human. And all of us need to attend to our emotional sides, and come to terms with our inner feelings, if we’re going to live meaningful and fulfilling life.
The thing about our emotional side, is that it’s largely rooted in the unconscious mind. We begin to feel happy, or sad, often without really understanding why. Images may bubble up into our conscious awareness, but that doesn’t always make things perfectly clear, or help to make us feel better, either.
By engaging in creative pastimes such as making art, however, we manage to vent our unconscious emotional minds almost directly onto the canvas, into the textiles, or into the clay. It’s specifically our emotional and unconscious minds that give us the abstract inspiration required to create things in the first place.
By helping you to appreciate your own ability to be creative
When you’re sitting around with a pile of materials, a glue gun and glue sticks, a pair of scissors, and some paper, you need to tap into a pretty fundamentally creative part of yourself in order to turn out something that could be considered artistic, ornamental, or aesthetically appealing.
Making art introduces you to your ability to be creative, and helps you to appreciate it.
In everyday life, we often find ourselves racked by insecurity and self-doubt. Do we have what it takes in order to move past the particular obstacles that mind be hounding us? Can we come up with solutions to our problems? Are we interesting people, with anything worthwhile to share with the world?
By exploring our creativity we, in a sense, confront these questions and begin to find answers to them. The art itself doesn’t have to be super-pretty, or compelling, or any of that. It just needs to be something that you applied yourself to in an honest and committed way, and created as a result.
Any positive act of creation will, generally, help to develop your sense of possibility and self-belief.
By allowing you to express things that you find meaningful, not just to go through the ordinary motions of life
If you fall into the ordinary routines of everyday life too wholeheartedly, and without any balance, things can easily come to feel drab and dreary, and maybe even kind of pointless and cold.
Now, in front of your canvas, table, or notebook, you can begin to express things that you find meaningful, and not just do stuff that you have to do in order to get enough money together to cover the rent or put food on the table.
The world that we explore in art is a pretty symbolic world, and it’s where a lot of our big ideas and feelings are located. Getting lost in creating art can, therefore, be a lot like going on vacation to a new, weird, wonderful, and more interesting world.
And it’s not that this is an illusion, or a trick you’re playing on yourself, either. By creating art, you’re not experiencing things that are “fake”. You’re actually experiencing another side of reality that excites and intrigues you.