Beauty & The Eye of the Beholder

Beauty & The Eye of the Beholder

No doubt 2020 is one of the strangest years on record! It started off with the government shut down, then COVID sunk its teeth in, millions of people lost their jobs and tens of thousands became homeless in the matter of months as the November 2020 elections lurked in the shadows.  It is undoubtedly a lot. People who could and would normally travel or partake in other social activities are finding it difficult to pacify their inner chaos, anxiety, insecurity,  or depression. I found myself slipping into one of those people by May, when cases were skyrocketing in New York. I decided to start focusing more on my art skills, and a bit more.

I have always wanted to find my creative voice artistically, and I think this would be a great time to be patient and try different techniques. I have tried pointillism inspired by Sara Golish’s work, a geometric animal set, and now I am taking my shot at color. I’m nervous to fail, but I feel like I haven’t failed enough at things to see how I might improve. The point is to stay productive, not ‘keep busy’. Staying productive should translate to an action, or a series of actions, that align with your goals. These don’t have to be financial or career goals, ‘hard goals’ as I would describe them. They can be ‘soft goals’ like learning to swim or reading 12 books in a year. Either way, staying productive leaves you feeling like you’ve had a productive day.

I have also started reading physical books again. It started off with a book I bought in a thrift shop while I was volunteering, All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner, then Halle from Chloe x Halle talked about The Deep by Solomon Rivers in a YouTube video. She described how her The Little Mermaid co-star recommended it because of the historical fiction and how it compared to Halle. The Deep is about black mermaids that were born in the water from pregnant slave women thrown overboard. Then I chose to seek out more black authors. I know I should Check out Luvvie Ajayi’s book, but I’m not too sure what it’s about yet.  

Now, I did not set out to read more in 2020. I naturally love reading, but I love writing even more. My love for reading started out sketchy. Between the ages of 11 and 16, my dad had me read a book a week and email him the book report. Coming back to 2020, I have noticed that reading stirs my creative juices, and inspires me. I think I will start my next book, aiming for a collection of short stories. The twist will be in the style. I have started, and stopped for so long, but I think I finally figured it out. Inspired by the Netflix original show black mirror, and What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah. Wish me luck!

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