Today has been so wonderful. I had the opportunity to attend the Theta Nu Xi Sorority Conference and gave a presentation on A Life of Creativity. To see so many beautiful women coming together to learn and grow was phenomenal. It made me happy to share with them how creativity has brought a joy in my life and to also share with them how important creating is to the human experience.
The ladies shared their struggles with creativity and I shared mine (yes even people who do creative things for a living struggle all the time). In the end, I know that we all helped each other.
One story that was shared during the presentation was a young lady who, while in college, went through a depression. Most artist, well, most people could understand that. During her depression she found herself drawing and writing. She explained that she did not understand where those drawings were coming from, and if I understood correctly, she never really drew before she went through her depression. After she conquered her depression the drawing stopped. She could not recreate what she created in that stage of her life and when she tried, it was scary to her. It brought some things up that she didn't want to revisit. This really touched me at the core because one reason I started painting and drawing again after years of not creating was depression. Unlike my friend in the story here, I did continue to paint and draw, but, like my friend, I saw that it was not the same as those done during my depression. I always wanted to recapture the style, vigor of those paintings.
What I told the young lady in the audience is to go back and revisit that person that made those beautiful drawings. She has to so that she can get the secret of her creative power back. I know it is scary because you feel if you revisit the old you, you will become that person again. Yet, if she doesn't, she may not become the person she is meant to be. I do know from my own experience, going back to that time and place which was not the best of times, has made me a stronger person and also a better artist.
The creative stories of Theta Nu Xi empowered me today. I am ready to take that and create something fantastic.