Tyler Tervooren’s post on how to be an artist from his blog, Advanced Riskology, gives us impetus to get up off the couch and create and keep young and vibrant.
He says the focus of the artist is creation first and that the value of your art depends on how it moves people. I love his statement that there are no rules about what art can be…an artist’s art must be created as a gift from their abilities, and it must change people.
Tyler goes on to say that you don’t have to be a painter, sculptor, writer, or musician to be an artist…artists experiment to find the medium that best allows them to communicate their gift to the world. Finally, he says that the way an artist affects people is far more important than how many he/she affects.
I’ve always been passionate about creativity from when I raised my children as a single parent to now, while caring for my father. I have gone through many phases: performing classical piano, making pottery, studying photography, writing a column for a local newspaper, and knitting toys, blankets, and clothing for my grandchildren. I would like to think of my teaching as a yoga instructor as a gift to my students and hope it makes a difference to them. I even consider my children as works of art because they contribute so much to others’ lives. They certainly have to mine.
As we get older, it’s vital to tap into our creative juices and live life to the fullest. We don’t want to end up like a relative of mine who gave up, spending all day frozen in his lounge chair and dying an angry old man.
Please share your thoughts on this topic. I’d love to hear what’s on your mind.
Your in aging with class,
P. S. You can check out Tyler’s post here.