2012 Resolution #27: Express Yourself
Posted on January 30, 2012 by Maria McInnis, One of Thousands of Life Coaches on Noomii.
#27 in our month long series for the new year, today's about expressing yourself through a new medium
Resolve to express yourself.
We have talked a lot over the last 27 about using your skills to expand yourself, and today I want to focus in entirely upon your creative ability to express yourself.
Many people believe that they are not creative, but this just isn’t true. Everyone is creative in some way or another: whether its artistically, through problem solving or just in having a good eye for putting things together.
Some people write to express themselves, using journals, stories or blog spots to share their views or visions with the world. Others paint masterpieces, or simply little things to put on the fridge for motivation. My mother would put little quotes of inspiration in our lunch boxes, or notes telling us how important my brother and I were to her. This was one way she expressed her love to us, though we didn’t have a lot of money.
Some people will express themselves through sports, or through drama, or through conversation. In music, in mathematics, through study and travel; All of these things are, believe it or not, methods to express their inner feelings, stories or emotions. All are mediums use to help with understanding in ourselves or the universe. However you need to express yourself, don’t be afraid to do it!
In the western world we are blessed with the Right to the Freedom of speech, and that right includes various methods of expression from the written and spoken word, to art and music.
“Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.” – Pearl S. Buck
There is no shame to expressing yourself, and is one more way that you can grow, heal and find joy. When you begin to express yourself, you channel energy and emotion into the process, meaning that repression of yourself ceases. You are freed to feel your emotions, say what you need to say, and see all that you can do.
Holding oneself back is one of the greatest disservices that a person can do.
This year, resolve to find something through which to express yourself, and dedicate at least one hour a week, if not a day, to fulfilling it. If words speak to you, write. If you can feel the need to put it into images, then paint, or draw or photograph something that speaks to you. If you can hear it, put a beat and lyrics to it. Write music, write words, paint pictures, sew, speak. It s so important to find how to express yourself, for it puts you in new control of yourself in ways that open the world to you.
The importance is not the reaction: it’s in the sharing, and in the immortality of the moment, in which you leave something behind for future generations to appreciate: remember, many great minds never live to see the appreciation, but the fact that they expresses themselves in the first place is what made it all worthwhile.
A true writer writes for the words, and a true painter paints for the picture. Expression needs to start in you and make it to the medium. It is for you, and for you alone to choose. So pick up a new hobby, and learn to use it to your advantage. You owe it to yourself to create something new in your life. The world is your canvas, and you are the painter of your destiny.