1•1•2 April 22, 2011 on Flickr.
This is one of my favorite photos of me, which is odd, because it’s only my hand. When this photo was taken I was in a creativity workshop, in the spring of 2011. The workshop was crucial in reawakening myself as an artist, something that I had sidelined for years.
I suffered some blows in my personal and creative life in the summer of 2010, and looking back on it now, I am glad that I did. Going through one of the hardest times in my life forced me to examine areas where I had become comfortable or complacent - and my creativity was something that I had let slip. I simply had settled into a rhythm where I didn’t even realize that I wasn’t being creative any more. I didn’t even describe myself as an artist.
This workshop helped change that. Over the course of three weeks I was reminded that I had skills, and more than that, something to offer.
Since then I’ve transitioned to someone that identifies first as an artist, and no longer shies away from sharing my creativity with others. I am beyond glad that I decided to put myself out on a limb - even without realizing it - to reawaken a part of myself that I didn’t realize had been asleep.