The term, "mid life crisis", has been around since the mid 60's. Since then, humanity, as it does, has decided to crunch the numbers and come to the conclusion that, not only can one suffer from a mid life crisis. BUT, there's a stark chance of dealing with the existential dread of a quarter life crisis as well. What fun. I wonder if 50 years down the road we'll decide that a quarter life crisis is no longer accurate. Would that mean that in the future there will be pre-teens and teenagers slumping around under the pressure of a sliver of a life crisis? (I'm no good at fractions, if there's a proper term for something smaller than a quarter I'm all ears).
I bring all this up as a sort of long winded introduction into the idea of me, who may be dealing with a quarter life crisis at the moment, combating that with the idea of getting creative. Wild, right? Though a vague statement on my part, the idea came from a recent video of Jenna Marbles wherein she explained that all through her academic life she had studied and worked hard, never exploring the opportunity to "get creative".
I believe it resonated with me not only because of the position I find myself in at this moment (horribly stifled and stuck), but also because I've come to the realization that I've lost a good portion of what younger me really was (Inspired, imaginative and artsy). I had realized that I hadn't truly sat down to draw or doodle or come up with some sort of creative project on my own terms since... Well, elementary school probably. I think a lot of other adults can relate to a feeling of being stuck in some sort of proverbial box. And a lot of us will spend less time on hobbies or trying new things under the guise that it ’isn’t productive to our everyday lives’. This mindset is sad and can make adulthood, which is already a terribly stressful thing, worse.
Late into the new year I made it my goal to test out different creative mediums as much as I could. As well as exercise some basic ones whenever possible (I signed up for a drawing class with my local community centre!). Saturdays, specifically, are my creative days. Since setting this goal I feel happier, even more productive in my everyday life. Generally, being detail oriented at work stresses me out. Being detail oriented while being creative, however, can help inspire and create some really intricate work.
That being said, I'm not here to tell you what sort of medium to take up when trying to get a little expressive. What I am here to tell you however, is that if you’re feeling stuck a great remedy may just be to get creative, whatever that means.