When The Words Don't Come, Paint

April 27, 2018

“The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.” - Jackson Pollock    

 

There is this strange feeling when you want to say something but you forget the word you were looking for. You continue going about your day and all of a sudden, at the strangest time, the thing that you were looking for comes to the forefront of your conscious. 

 

We all go through periods where the inspiration isn’t coming. This can be frustrating. Our spirits can become dejected and suddenly the vision gets a bit blurry. We put pressures on ourselves to be more, do more, and always be improving. We so badly want to enjoy each day to the fullest, and sometimes, things just don’t always play out that way.  

 

Whether it is the athlete going through a performance slump or a writer experiencing the block, there appears to be ups and downs for everyone. So, how does one get out of funk?  

 

One way may be to just shift your attention to another enjoyable task. Essentially, give your brain a break. Approaching something more aggressively is often the last way to get the results you want. Doing the opposite however, can free up your brain space and provide you with some of your best insights. It is almost as if you are buying yourself time so that your subconscious mind will organize itself better. This can be done in infinite ways. 

 

Two of our favourite ways to regain our gusto are found in the active and the creative. A day full of meetings can be heavy brain work, try breaking it up with a 10 minute walk. If you are lacking the words to express yourself, play around with colours.  The point is, expression comes in many forms, and when one form is blocked, its important to shift to another. 

 

What about trying something new all together? When we are kids, we are constantly exposed to new forms of thinking. We are always learning something new and we often approach a new task with curiosity. I feel that in our adult lives, it becomes more difficult to get invested in new activities. They require that much more effort and we have to fight past our networks of insecurities. Getting out of the comfort zone can be difficult, but the key is to make it fun. 

 

Taking up a task like dance, or panting shouldn’t be that difficult. Kids do them both happily. What usually happens though is that we judge ourselves. With so many years of experience and a more realistic idea of what a good painting might look like, we prevent ourselves from even exploring these areas. Comparison is a killer of happiness. Of course your paintings might actually be terrible, but there is no need to throw an exhibition next week. Perhaps nobody will ever see the art, perhaps you will burn it or throw it away but if you just allow yourself to play a bit, you will probably enjoy how meditative it is. It is also just a wicked excuse to be messy!

 

With our approach to travel, we want our customers to have choices. We think that it is important to continue working on your current interests when you are away from home. At the same time, we encourage trying new things and learning from the many artistic facets of life that cultures offer so diversely. We think that we are never too old to play, and never too old to learn something new. 

 

Life offers us so much to enjoy. Let’s draw in inspiration from various places. 

 

 

Let’s change the way we travel, together.  

 

 

The Lifestyle Project

 

 

 

 

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