Nothing like a covid lockdown to show you what's important and truly necessary in life. I'm not going to lie. I can't pretend not to be burnout city trying to manage the constant changes that seem to kick me down one week to the next, but I am certain I'm not alone. Coming into the new year, I had so much lined up. I was feeling secure on so many levels and was excited to have space to focus on creativity. The life blood that keeps me going. Queen rona had other ideas but I am steadfast in my need to keep creating.
Most of my work is based on my lived experience. I paint birds for my grandfather to further our connection. I write stories to explore my feelings of past events and reframe them creatively. I teach to share in the knowledge and movement. So when you aren't really allowed to live how do you continue to find inspiration? Here's my top practices keeping my inspiration flowing (most of the time).
1-Follow organizations that you love. A lot of them are probably giving out prompts or sharing in this collective experience. For instance, the Fredericton Feminist Film Collective is doing is doing Omicron Exhaustion art prompts that are accessible and fun.
2- Repetition. This one has been so helpful for me of late. Make a ritual out of your creativity and just keep doing it over and over again until you don't want to. Find one thing that makes you wanna create.
For me its flower planets. I find filling the circles so easeful and then I get to explore flower inspiration which always brings me to a happy place.
3-Free Writing. There is something cathartic about bringing literal or metaphorical pen to paper. Set a timer and just write for that period of time. Sometimes I don't know what to write and I just keep writing "I don't know what to write" until you do, or don't. If your more of a prompt person just google writing prompts or think about questions you want to explore for yourself.
4-Bring back a sense of wonder. Easier said than done. I like to go on short outdoor walks and just keep my mind open for inspiration. You can do this in your home to. Be curious. Notice what you are drawn to. Let that be your inspiration.
5-Movement. I am not an exerciser. Not my jam so to speak, but time and time again I am in awe of the inspiration that comes when I consciously move my body. Whether it's that inspiration walk in the woods or listening to my fav album and letting my body just groove there's always a little sparkle that comes back.
I truly feel the weight of this current faux lockdown, its heavier than I thought or had experienced in the past. Community and connection continue on if we let it. I hope you are able to find whatever it is that sparks vitality for you in these times. If you feel like sharing, I'd love to hear.