Go create something, friends.

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to the blog and the second post of 2018!

This weekend, Blaine and I took a spontaneous trip to Atlanta for the long weekend so we could get off campus for a second and explore her favorite city. It’s been nothing but non-stop good food, coffee, and cold weather. Plus, there was a little bit of a terrifying monsoon on the way here, but we made it with the help of lots of jams and jokes.

 A view of ATL from Piedmont Park (not pictured: an incredible dog park full of cute playful pups)

A view of ATL from Piedmont Park (not pictured: an incredible dog park full of cute playful pups)

Our adventure for today was to explore Midtown. On our walk there, we walked past the MODA, the Museum of Design Atlanta. I’ve recently been getting really into graphic design, so I was really excited to see something that featured it. It looked really cool, so I quickly googled how much a ticket would cost us.

Y’all, the museum had free admission on the second Sunday of every month - that was today. The universe was telling us to step inside.

As soon as we got in there, we were surrounded with nothing but beautiful design and creativity that made our mouths drop to the floor. Plus, they were currently showing work from not one, not two, but THREE creators that me and Blaine both loved (Adam J Kurtz, Timothy Goodman, and Allison Bechdel). Seriously, it was one of those “we were supposed to be here” moments. We walked through the whole museum, feeling inspired and glad that Atlanta was giving these talented people a platform to showcase their incredible work.

 Timothy Goodman's awesome writing pieces in the background at MODA.

Timothy Goodman's awesome writing pieces in the background at MODA.

This experience made me want to talk about something I’ve been particularly passionate about lately: the importance of creating stuff.

Now, what the heck does that even mean?

What you’re reading right now is actually an example of what I’m talking about. I created feistyfletch.com and I’m currently creating this blog post. Not because I had to, but because I wanted to.

Let’s face it: life is tough. Life throws us curve balls every day and sometimes, we have nowhere to turn or have no idea what to do. We scream and we cry. We’re confused and feel lost.

 Page 99 of Allison Bechdel's Fun Home, which is an incredible graphic novel & musical all about queer identity.

Page 99 of Allison Bechdel's Fun Home, which is an incredible graphic novel & musical all about queer identity.

It is in those bad moments that creating something is the most crucial.

You can take whatever you are feeling or whatever is going on and you can turn it into something awesome. You can take whatever random passion you have at the moment and put it into something incredibly unique.

It doesn’t have to be “artsy” or “aesthetic.” You don’t have to share it with anyone, and if you do, other people don’t have to understand it. You will have a unique relationship with that creation, in whatever form it may be. That creation is a time capsule for yourself at this very moment. 

Being creative can mean whatever you want it to be. It can be doodling little cartoons in your notebook during class. It can be writing poetry about that boy you like or that girl that broke your heart. It can be collecting pins for your favorite denim jacket to create a map of your interests. It could be creating your own blog about your passions.

 @adamjk's "feelings" jars - I bought one to take home!

@adamjk's "feelings" jars - I bought one to take home!

For me, creating means a few different things:

  • It’s writing blog posts about whatever the heck I’m feeling.
  • It’s taking pictures of things that I love, like coffee shops and cityscapes. (I’m not a photographer in the slightest, but I love capturing moments in time.)
  • It’s creating playlists for myself that remind of a particular place or time.
  • It’s tweeting things that I think are funny, but might be complete garbage to someone else.

What I do to be creative changes regularly, but it’s always been something that keeps me sane.  

So, no whatever what floats your boat, I dare you to create something. Take a few moments and, in whatever form you want, get your hands dirty in something.  You can crumble what you make up and throw it away, keep it for yourself, or you can show it to the world and possibly inspire someone.

Love y’all. Thanks for reading.

@feistyfletch

 

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