By Sophie Winik, Regular ContributorNovember 23, 2015
painting by Sophie Winik
We live in a world where there is so much going on, so we need to take a step back and think about what’s important to us as individuals. What makes you happy? What makes you shine as bright as a diamond? Is it the people you surround yourself with who make you laugh? Is it when you pick up an intriguing book and can’t put it down before finding out the character’s hidden secrets? Is it when you pick up a paintbrush and stroke colors all over a canvass to tell your story? Whatever it may be, you, yourself, know exactly what makes you happy and what things are important to you, and as the holidays approach we want to remember those things.
I am an artist.
When I see art supplies, I act like a kid in a candy store. When I hold a paintbrush and mix colors together, I feel all of my problems slowly fading away. Then, the moment I make the first droplet of color splash on my canvass, my heart slows down, I take a breath, and I start to paint, letting my hand do all of the work. It’s an exciting process, not knowing every time how the art is going to come out and what parts of myself will come out through the painting. I am content in this moment. I don’t think about anything else.
I simply let my mind wander and my creativity take the spotlight to my life.
So why is this important? Why am I telling you, the readers, about how I feel when I create art? Because it’s happiness and I can be in charge of what makes me feel happy. When we listen to stories on the news informing us about terrible things happening all over the world, we can feel powerless or useless, despite these things being out of our control. Finding something that makes you happy, something that reminds you of your own happiness is what makes you then feel in control again.
You might not be able to stop wars from happening. You might not be able to stop hate from happening, but what you can do is manage your own happiness. As the holidays approach and friends and family surround us, take the time to think for yourself about the little things that make you happy. Then go and do it. Just for yourself. And smile. Smile at the thing you go and do, and I’ll be smiling as I paint the unknown moment you create for yourself.
What makes you happy? How do you express yourself? Tell us below!
Sophie is a preschool teacher in Southern California. When she is not teaching the little ones she is writing stories about her experiences with bullying, with the hope that her words will help others stand up against bullying and be another voice to end the hate. Sophie is also an artist who loves to paint and draw and is studying to be an art therapist, specifically working with children. Check out her anti-bullying stories at kindrevolutioncampaign.wordpress.com.
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