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Creating Sanity

February 25, 2020

The news cycle of the last few weeks has me feeling like I’m losing my mind. So, I decided to take a break from the news for a week. Thing is, it’s really hard to break a routine and my routine was having a news channel on in the background all day.

Yesterday, I binged The Stranger on Netflix and finished up the last two episodes early today (by the way, highly recommend). Then I took a bath. And then, I flipped through all the channels to find something else to watch. Did you know there’s actually a show about people who voluntarily go to jail for 60 days?! I thought Naked & Afraid was horrific, but jail seems much, much worse (note to self: don’t go to jail).

Anyhoo, the jail show wasn’t cutting it for me. So, I decided to paint. I haven’t painted in forever. My daughter is quite a talented artist and she once told me the reason she started painting was because of an old painting I did that still hangs in our house. It’s really not a great painting, but when I look at it, it reminds me of a time when I used to be creative. It also reminds me of a time when being creative made me feel alive.

So, I decided to give it a wing again. I painted something last week, but I wasn’t terribly happy with it. Today, I gave it another go round, and while it’s not museum worthy, I don’t mind sharing it. Perhaps, it will inspire you to create something or share something you’ve created.

We certainly need to continue paying attention to what’s happening in our country. But we also need to be mindful of self care. However cliché it sounds, it’s like the instructions you hear at the beginning of a flight: put your oxygen mask on before trying to help others.

Creating is my oxygen mask. Now, put yours on, too. We have a long road ahead.

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