I started blogging in response to a life event laden with deep emotion. Emotion that was killing me. Emotion that led me to a severe depression and suicidal thoughts. It meant everything to me, everything, and it was gone. What I loved was gone. I couldn’t express the emotions and even my daily cries wouldn’t alleviate the pain. I was reaching for something, anything that would help me express my loss.
Perhaps it’s a cliche, but I think it’s real. I think that there are times in our lives when we are laid out flat. When we have an extreme amount of pain and disappointment. When our emotions are so strong and deep that we need to express them or they would hurt us if we didn’t. We are motivated by the desire for relief and start reaching out for things that will provide our emotions an escape. It gets us motivated to be who we really are. We are cut to the core and the result is pouring our talent and raw emotion into a life response.
It’s almost like you gotta go through crap to create something. It’s like you need a life changing event to wake you up to how short and fragile life is. It’s like the pain provides the opportunity for raw talent to be displayed.
The late Chester Bennington of Linkin Park is well known for songs that express the pain of his childhood.
Phil Collins wrote In the Air Tonight in response to a difficult divorce from his first wife.
Eric Clapton wrote Tears in Heaven about his son who passed away after a tragic accident.
Out of the ashes come beautiful, genius art. A lot of our favorite musicians have created masterpieces from pain. I think the best ones do.
Some express through words, some through painting, sculpting, mechanics, knitting, quilting, sewing, design, or any creative activity. They might revert back to a childhood hobby or discover a hidden talent. The activity gives them the opportunity to express their emotion and provides relief until the gift of time provides healing.
I led a nonprofit for seven years and had a lot of volunteers walk through our front door because they had an experience and that experience motivated them to help others like them. They didn’t want others to be alone when they suffered. Their art was service to others and helping them create great lives.
What is your art? What do you want to create? When we pour our emotions into creating something new we have found a way to make something good out of suffering. Creating beautiful art in everyday life is part of that good.
The world needs you. We need your talent, your creativity, and your ideas. We need you to sing, dance, draw, sculpt, paint, fix, and build. We need you to play your song. Today I am writing, like I did when I was a young girl, and tomorrow I am going to pick up my flute and play my song. I hope that you will play yours.