Sometimes, we feel a little too out of touch with ourselves and it’s difficult to figure out where exactly we lose ourselves along the way. Over the years, I realized that it’s not just one little thing that makes us lose our way; it’s several little things that snowball into something big.
It’s only after we have found a sliver of hope to hold on to that we look back at the smoking mess that we have left in our wake. We’ve all done things that we probably can’t ever take back, but if we spend all of our time obsessing over who we were for that one moment, we’ll lose sight of who we really are.
In such cases, we all need an emotional touchstone. Something that will bring us back to our true selves. Something that can remind us that no matter how much we stray from the path we set out to walk on, we’ll always find our way back. Because sometimes, all we need is a little reassurance from anybody else, but ourselves.
When that happens, it is important that we hold on to something that makes us feel in tune with ourselves. Anything that can make you feel at peace with yourself, make you feel at home in your own mind. And when you find something or someone who can make you feel that way, protect it with everything you have. Don’t let yourself forget about the place it holds in your life.
Personally, I feel most in-tune with myself when I’m doing something creative. I’ve come to realize that the only way I can channel the countless things that are running through my mind like an overflowing river is by giving them a proper outlet.
Sometimes I need more than just a single outlet; I could be writing one minute and scribbling away in my sketchbook the next. For the longest time, giving myself the room to channel my chaotic mind was a little difficult because I always thought that my art wasn’t good enough. Then I realized that I didn’t have to channel my thoughts into creativity for anybody to see; I was doing it for myself.
The more I drowned myself in art and creativity, the more at peace I was with myself. There is something chaotic about art that has always calmed me. I know how ridiculous that sounds, but when you look at something as infinitely chaotic as art, your own chaos seems like nothing in comparison. It makes you take a beat and look at the much bigger picture.
I feel incredibly grateful for everybody who understands and supports my need for a creative outlet. There are far too many people who think art is a waste of time; I beg to differ. We’re surrounded by art. And having people around me who know its value and support my passion for it is beyond amazing.
When do you feel most in-tune with yourself? Let me know in the comments below! You can join me on this journey to self-discovery, too! I hope you find yourself somewhere along the way, just as I am, one day at a time.
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