Finding Connection During Times of Turmoil
By: Lauren Royer
Cover Photo Artist: Unknown
When a culture/society reaches high emotional states (war, political upheaval, death and destruction for example) artists respond with a deep channeling of creative expression. This is because emotions and art can be linked. I predict a continuous explosion of art, in all mediums over the next two particularly long years.
For those of you that are feeling defeated, tired, tuned-out, sad, manic, confused, angry, ignored, and unheard- you are not alone. The below list is the sign you’ve been looking for. Find one thing that suits you and absorb it. This is a preach moment! People need connection more than ever. That’s the biggest thing understood from the hundreds of conversations and data I absorb daily. Our attention span quickly goes past human eyes. Expression is the only thing every single one of us has access to. So let’s chin up, buck up, and connect with ourselves.
Unfortunately, you can’t save the world. You can save yours though! Self-care is always a win (shameless plug to this article on self-care). Maybe if being nice to yourself is difficult, be nice to someone else. We all just trying to live okay?
Create to express, not to impress. That’s what we’re all about at PE! It helps. It actually doesn’t matter how you do it. Open up and let it out.
Trust your surroundings: Is it tangible, felt, touched, smelled, and heard? These things are less likely to be “fake” and can actually ground you, peacefully.
Make eye contact with someone. Hug someone else. Best yet, bond with conversation- really take off the filters and talk. I’ve been calling my friends because I love to hear them laugh.
Be grateful every. Damn. Day. Even the small things like a free coffee or seeing a film that moves you.
Read Beth Pickens’ “Your Art Will Save Your Life”
Go outside and breathe some good old fashion air. Yummy!