Hey, you! Yes, you! With the ears and the eyes! Have you ever been bored? Stressed? Sad? In love? Heartbroken? Have you ever wondered what to do with all of those immense and weird and wonderful feelings? We have the answer:
Don’t worry if you think you’re not an artist — art is whatever you want it to be, and art is for everyone! Art is anything that expresses the feelings and thoughts of its creator and creates emotion from the people appreciating it. When you fall in love with a song’s lyrics? Art! Or a piece of writing is so in sync with what you were feeling in your heart? Art!
Art to Live, Live to Art
The best part about art is that it creates unlimited potential for you to express yourself to the world. Feel bored and uninspired? Dance! Dance is movement and action, but it can also be complete self-expression. Dance with friends, or dance by yourself in your room.
If you’re more into visual arts, it’s as simple as grabbing some paper and a pencil. There’s no judgement, just let it all out of you. Draw all the things in your head. Don’t worry if someone gives you negative feedback; learn from the comments that you think are helpful and ignore the rest.
Or maybe you’re a writer? Maybe you live to tell stories and put words on a page. Some of world’s greatest artists were writers! Read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Hoda Barakat and watch their words dance across the page. And if you have some other well-read friends, you can even make your own book club. Good writing and good friends go hand in hand.
Learning to appreciate art means learning to appreciate more in life. Yes, science, law, math, and engineering are super important. Of course they are. But songs, paintings, drawings, literature, dance — these are what we live for. Without art, our lives would have no colors, or music, or drama.
For all the moments in your life, happy and sad, art can be your answer. All you have to do is express yourself.