Expressing oneself is a great way of finding and maintaining personal peace, purpose, and vision. I have found that creativity allows me to reach a place of wholeness and reflection When focusing on a project I am able to transport myself into a super ultra reality where I reflect on my past, vision the keenness of my present, and project for my future. Creativity eases me of all my pain and replaces it with the glories of love and life.
At times when I am in my studio preparing to record a music mix I am able to see myself in another time and place. I could see the possibilities of what life has to offer.
There was a time were I never considered myself to be a creative person. Although I have always had interest in media and expressive arts, I just thought that being creative was for someone else.
I was surprised to learn that I had a level of creativity when I curated my first photography show in 2001. I visited Ghana West African in November of 2000 and I wanted to showcase photos and talk about my experience. It was June 2001 when I made the call to a local ice cream shop/art galley and told the owner I wanted to host an opening at his parlour on Saturday September 15.
Throughout the summer months I spent most of my free time thumbing through the hundreds of images I had captured narrowing them down to just a dozen. I was shopping for frames, cutting, mounting, and organizing my thoughts in preparation of opening day. It was a challenging and fun process. I gained a level of focus and purpose that I never knew was possible.
I was amazed how drawn I became to that project. It came to the point were I limited or halted participating in my routine social life such as going dancing, dining out or spending time with friends. If I allowed myself time to be away from my project my inner voice started nagging me, calling me back. I listened and honored my voice and followed it back home were I resumed my project and felt whole and complete again.
When I hung the show on the last week of August I was excited, uncertain, nervous, and thrilled to see my thought fall into three dimensional forms. An idea that I have been carrying with me for over 11 months come to fruition. My creative mind created an opportunity for me to share, connect, and give reason for people to gather.
Creativity is one of the many keys to personal success, achievement, and opportunity. Creativity allows for you to focus on something that is dear to you and then have something to show for it.
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