For the past four and a half months, you’ve read my ramblings as I etched my thoughts on here, one post at a time.
Looking back at them I see this has been a practice in sharing and reflecting, which developed into a daily ritual. Posting the blog created structure amongst the empty space I was in. It was a voice I didn’t know I had.
Now I feel it is time to say goodbye. I am grateful for anyone who read my blog, took away from it, and I can say I enjoyed every minute of it.
Go well and kill it in the game 🙂
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”
I have recently started to pick up my camera and shoot every morning, just around my neighborhood. No coffee, no paper, no email – just photos. The majority of these are throwaway frames (I shoot on film), but it’s not about the end result however, but the process. I recently read a book called The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron, as it came highly recommended by my dear friend and mentor, Adrian Malloch. In the book there is a notion of the Morning Pages, which acts as a effective tool for curing a creative block. It’s like meditation for creatives, and it works by focusing your attention at such an integral time of the day in order to express everything that is on your mind, almost like a purge. It’s therapeutic, self caring, and life giving.
It can be an incredibly difficult task to put pen to paper, camera to subject, oil to canvas, but Motion creates Emotion and I truly believe it.
So get up, get out, and create a stream of consciousness through your morning pages. Then let it go. Do this over and over and you create a routine which will cure any creative slump you may have.
We all yo-yo from time to time. Good days, bad days, and in between days. Some of us feel it more intensely than others, but we’re all vulnerable to it. Mental health is a conversation that needs to be discussed, no matter who brings it up. We don’t need big parades, or special days to commemorate it. We just need to talk about it. Talk to your friends, talk to your parents, your partner, your doctor, a therapist. Talk to someone, anyone. We’re losing loved ones to suicide at a staggering rate in our country and this has to change. Reach out, tell your friends and family that you appreciate them and you love them. You don’t need a reason just make a habit of it. The photo above was taken while on assignment for Dance Therapy NZ, a charitable trust who empower people with special needs through the use of dance and arts therapy programs. Some of the most positive and happiest bunch of people you’ll ever meet, and I am grateful I had a chance to experience them.
PMA: Positive Mental Attitude. It takes no money, no time, and no effort, and you can do it right now. It will help you and those around you. It will become infectious, it just takes one person to start.
If you know anyone who is in need of mental health support, reach out to them or people close to them who can get through. Check out support services online HERE.