Day 34 of '40 DAYS OF FACING FEARS': moving beyond stick figures

The below is from the original Facebook post from April 3rd 2017:

Day 34 of '40 DAYS OF FACING FEARS': moving beyond stick figures

While not technically a fear, doing any form of drawing or painting beyond stick figure drawing is definitely outside my normal comfort zone. In the creative realm, my real love is for the written word and for ideas as they are an area I have immersed myself within from a young age. While I appreciate art works and paintings with a deep love and respect, attempting to create them is something I normally leave for those that are truly talented at doing so.

Tonight's challenge was going to a [free, yay!] 'Art and Creativity' workshop at The Learning Connexion. This was absolutely worth going to - the instructions and concepts discussed were understandable as well as thought-provoking and all materials were provided (we even got to keep the oil pastels!). One of the exercises involved sketching a person/painting of a person using our non-dominant hand - see photo of blue sketched man. It was a fun thing to try on a rainy night :)

 An attempt of doing more than simply stick figure drawing. I'm decently proud of this attempt/learning experience!

An attempt of doing more than simply stick figure drawing. I'm decently proud of this attempt/learning experience!

This challenge has made me realise, again, that if someone enjoys doing something but is not the most talented at doing it, they should still do it for the enjoyment. This can apply to a lot of things, but I think that with art and creativity, it is so easy to say "oh, but I'm not good at art/music/drawing" or "oh, I'm not an artist/creative". When children are asked "who can draw/play music/sing/do maths", all young children put their hands up. However, when we get older, we start discounting ourselves from certain activities that we are not 'great' at so that we can focus on and specialise on things that may lead to our future careers. My thought tonight is: what if people kept doing the things that they enjoyed when they were younger, even if they were not 'the best' at doing it, because the creative/sporting/etc activity brought them joy? Would doing these things help people to have more happiness in their lives? Would doing these things complement the paid employment/careers that people engaged in for the majority of their time?

Everyone has elements of creativity within them. Everyone is creative. Trying something creative or playful for the enjoyment of it feels liberating and expressive.It's the same thing as saying "I'm not a leader because I don't have the title". Everyone is a leader in their own right - whether they know it or not.

 At  The Learning Connexion , Wellington.

At The Learning Connexion, Wellington.

Doing these challenges over the last 30+ days has brought a even more joy, confidence and a real sense of satisfaction into my life which has had a flow-on effect into my professional life. My performance and focus at work has improved because I'm excited about more things outside of work; my confidence in my professional ability has also improved; motivation is more consistent; time and energy management are better; self-awareness has shot up again... So many unforeseen benefits! While it's certainly time consuming and requires a decent amount of planning, I'm really glad that I've 'put myself out there' to do these challenges and to share this experience with everyone.

Thank you to those that are reading and following along with this experiment! And, definitely keep the ideas still rolling in as there's still a few days left of this. If you have ideas for things to do after this 'fear busting/comfort zone' challenge, or a different type of challenge for me to sink my teeth into, I'm definitely open to ideas :) xx