I can’t draw!

I can’t draw!

Don’t be ridiculous, I can’t draw a stick figure!

Yes you can and yes you did.

Every child is born an artist. No child cowers from a paint brush or fears a wax crayon. They happily and eagerly express themselves with marks of colour, whether they’re drawing wiggly lines on a bedroom wall or colouring-in outside the line. They don’t care. They’re having ball. Children have no rules, and neither should we!

As adults we avoid being creative because it doesn’t meet some crazy criteria that we’ve written for ourselves. We lose the ability to have fun with colour and making a mess. ‘We have to stay inside the lines’ or it’s not good enough. The joy of just ‘playing’ and relaxing, experimenting or letting go completely escapes most of us.

In my opinion there is no such thing as bad art. As long as you’re being creative, and you’re having fun – you’re doing it just right, and that’s good. Every creation doesn’t have to be a masterpiece. It doesn’t have to look realistic and it doesn’t have to hang on a wall. It also doesn’t have to sell for thousands. All it has to do is give you pleasure while making it. And when you find that pleasure, you’ll be ‘in-the-zone’ – where the process will engage you, the silence will absorb you, and time and troubles will be forgotten. Now that’s true relaxation and a very special place be to recharge your batteries.

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 “The most dangerous thing you can do in life is play it safe.” – Casey Neistat

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