What’s the first thing you think about when starting a creative endeavour? Is it how great it will look? how much attention it might get? Is it the amount of money it might let you gain? Most of the time, for a lot of people, these things are seen as the most important aspects of a creative project. It's good to be proud, to appreciate how good it looks, or sounds or feels or tastes or works. It’s even greater to be rewarded for doing a creative endeavour, whether that be through the attention it generates or perhaps how much monetary gain it nets. The phrase ‘starving artist’ is thrown around a lot, because we still live in a society that deems the arts and creativity as a secondary thing. As though it will always be a lesser thing in mainstream society. This needs to change, and to do this we need to start being a lot more conscious in our creativity.
Art always has a deeper meaning, if it doesn’t what’s it really worth to society? Art always works to benefit our society in some way, and it doesn’t always have to be an explicit commentary or a life lesson. It can be something to make you think. It can be something that you look at and it makes you happy for the rest of the day when you have been feeling down. It can be a piece of literature that makes you inspired to write something yourself, and in turn you can benefit society in your own little way too.
People need to realise that it’s not always the most prolific artists who are the most successful. If you persist with your creativity than eventually you will surely catch someones eye. This is something you have always got to think to yourself. That your art is worthy and it has a purpose. The best pieces of art were not appreciated while their creative types that made them were alive or in a state of mind to really appreciate the impact their creativity and genius has. That’s what all art is that consciously seeks to have a purpose and change society for the better, it is genius. Genius because it’s something that will benefit human beings in the future. In turn though, if you seek to benefit from your creativity immediately without really putting much work into it, it will never really have a purpose. Seek to help and change something wrong about our society every time you create and it will turn into something of great purpose.
So the message today is to be conscious in your creativity. I’ve always written things that will spread some kind of message, even in the fiction novel i’m writing and editing at the moment, there are life lessons and messages in it that I hope will make people sit and think one day. Hopefully, and my whole goal in my creativity, my creative writing will one day help at least one person in some way. That will be my life complete.
Although winter is a great time in terms of my creativity, summer will always be a great time for me to gather many ideas for what I want to write. This year i’ve gone with quite an expected aesthetic with my writing talking about the importance of flowers. I’ve been discussing how I want to eventually plant thousands upon thousands of different kinds of every flower that I can get my hands on. Why? You may ask. It's all about conservation and aiming to do good for our planet rather than impact. I want to live my life knowing that i’ve actually achieved something. Achieving something to me isn’t about making money or writing lots of book sand getting published. Yes, that will enable me to do things to make an impact but I don’t consider it the impact in itself.
So what could I do to make this idea a successful venture? I thought about a garden, but a garden would be ruined quite quickly and not be large enough of a space. It would also be solitary and i wouldn’t be able to share the vision and creative space with anyone but me and a few others. No, I would want my idea to translate into a large public space that anyone would be able to visit. So I started to think about how i could really make sure I left an all important legacy piece of work.
I want to leave a legacy. One thing that has been going round my mind for a few days is a flower meadow, a vast landscape full of different kinds of flora. It will be a place that people want to flock to. A place they want to keep safe and care for. To be honest, this is how we should all feel about everywhere on our planet. Start to just care that little bit more. Then, people need the reason to care, and so for me a flower garden that is in full bloom during summer and is consciously protected during the colder months is a great idea. It may not be a theme park or a place to pump up loads of adrenaline. It will be a place to get back to nature, appreciate the beauty. To read and write and create wonderful things that can be shared. It will be a haven in a world of chaos.
It will be called Flowers In Summer. Which is of course a working preliminary title, but this is a dream of mine. To be in a position to buy land to plant all these flowers and plant life. Give them a safe place to live and provide seeds for future generations. I myself will spend time there and write books and articles and just create in general. Can you imagine a greater, more comforting place to be creative than a canopy amongst colourful, stimulating flora with rolling hills and sprawling fields of thousands of flowers. It would be great. Not just a social space, but a place of learning and creative, alternative thinking.
In a world that positions itself as a lover of depressing colours and bleak outlooks, we always have an inner desire to view the colourful potential of our world. Even the most depressed designers will want to add splashes of rainbow to their creations as some point, or a writer of bleak fiction might want to sneak in a chapter at the end where the characters fortunes finally turn around for the better.
We walk around like we love black, we hold our heads down and bump into each other every so often. These bumps are our minds subconsciously begging for us to all live more colourful lives. We should always be trying to find a way to add even a little more colour into our lives, in order to be happier. To maybe find a way to add pigment into our cheeks and excitement into our adventures. Maybe the reason why we all just feeling like life is passing us by is because maybe we are letting it. We are excepting that the boring things we wear are just what we have to wear, the bleak fiction is what we have to read and the boring buildings on grey streets are just what we have been given to live in. This is the mindset I would name The Boring Grey and black sheep mindset. It’s the mindset most people have found themselves to be in on a rollercoaster of life that never stops, slows down or lets them get off.
There are those who live life to the fullest though. They don’t care what judgments other people give or whether it’s the normal thing to do. From the moment they get up in the morning they make a choice to live a life in colour, rather than in black and white. And happiness is just the start for these people. They live in a mindset that I like to call The Coloured Pebble Mindset. It’s simple really, and it’s something that can be done both mentally and physically if you so possess. You can imagine or to make it a more rewarding and renewing exercise, you can purchase and paint some pebbles in many different colours and put them in a basket or container. Then, you live your life as normal, but when you come to a choice, a junction in life where you would normally just do what everyone else is doing, getting on the never ending rollercoaster. You stop yourself and you just get into that coloured pebble mindset of adding that little bit of colour into your life every time. Then, you can reward yourself by adding a coloured pebble into another basket. Every time you do something that you would consider a deviation from the norm, you can reward yourself for being in the mindset where you can live your life as you have always wanted to. You can see your reward coloured pebble basket fill up day by day and the other basket empty slowly. Like a perfect metaphor for you leaving your boring ordinary life behind. Try it, and tell me all about it.
In a world where we sometimes lose ourselves in the chaos of every day life it’s peculiar to think that art can have any impact in the changes we make as human beings on planet Earth. It’s odd to think that a sculpture, drawing, painting, poem or any piece of literature could make a difference. Artists have long been seen as people who can create beautiful things, yes, but nothing else. Art is seen as a middle class past time and something for the rich to obsess themselves over. When really, art has always been about informing and social change. Art has always been there to tell the stories that normal conversation and every day life can never successfully get across. It’s breaking through the barriers that we have put up over the thousands of years of creating our modern world.
Even when you look at a simple cave painting on the walls of a random cave in the middle of southern Spain, you would learn a lot from it. Archaeologists would jump at the chance to research such a great find, because the art that the cave people had done would now help modern humans understand what they were like.
This is where we are still going wrong as humans. Not fully appreciating the influence that art has over us. If it was not for art we would not have anything really that we hold dear. Music is not just tunes and words. It has the power to turn senile old people into the people they once were before their old age had taken over their brains, even if it’s just while they are listening to familiar music. This is a beautiful example of how art is being revealed as the wonderful medium for change it has actually always been.
Attitudes are changing. Attitudes are something that can be moulded and influenced should the right person be there to influence and make a difference. When we create art it has always been to do something. A painting of a Tudor monarch now provides the general look and style of the monarch when they were alive. A carved sculpture from the Roman era tells us that they were a lot more liberal than a majority of our planet is in the modern age. They show talent, yes. That will always be a main attractive, aesthetic quality to art. Art for change though is what the future will be filled with more and more. A way for art to influence attitudes that have yet to get with the times. Attitudes are mainly formed by what we see and read and listen to. What is art if not something we see, or read or listen to.
It doesn’t always have to be a masterpiece or a novel or a legendary symphony to change one persons attitude. More and more we see children’s drawings, writing, videos and short films online that rightly and perfectly ‘normalise’ issues like race and LBGTQ+ people. They perfectly and perhaps most importantly, quickly show the view that we are all just human and nothing else should matter when it really comes down to living and letting people live.
Most people live their lives based on social interactions and societal expectations. Many would think it normal that going out every weekend and drinking alcohol is just what you do and is the way of life. As a writer I imagine that I look at things in a slightly different way. Writers must be conscious and take a step back from what has been engraved into their minds, along with every other person living on Earth. We are brain washed in a way, made to think that we must live life a certain way. This makes people crazy sometimes. They see those who would conflict with this way of living, even if the deviation is only slight. It confuses them and makes them mad. They can’t work out in their little brains how one would live differently. This makes these people violent and unruly. They think the only way to remedy this ‘problem’ they think is a problem is to commit an atrocious act of violence against innocent people who might not like to act the same or believe in the same things.
I think i've lived a life that’s made me susceptible to these kinds of horrible treatments. I actively promote living differently and thinking in ways that are not the norm. This is a way of life that makes me happy because being different can get you far. It introduces a new way of thinking and that can only be a good thing. The thing is though, i’ve never been the victim of any kind of violent behaviour. I feel very lucky to have lived all these years and not ended up in hospital or lying in a ditch beaten up because of how I look. I would say it’s because i’ve hidden well. I have in the way that I live in the same small town that I was born in, I have never been in a big city outside for an extended amount of time in a darkness containing the monsters of the night such as muggers and conservative thinkers. in many ways i’ve lived quite a solitary life. So far this has kept me safe. Yet, I feel like i’ve missed out on some things that I might have experienced in the darkness such as night time parties and festivals.
Really I think the best way to both feel safe being different and also live your best fullest life is to not care. It’s to plan well for the possibilities of being in unsafe places, planning to tell people where you will be, who you will go with and most importantly, finding events and places that are full of people who think like you too. The kindest people in this world, I have found, are the free thinkers, the hippies and those who are different in all the best ways. These are the people you should surround yourself with, because they are also great bodyguards when they need to be. Don’t mess with the free thinkers, unless you want to be hurt.
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