To the creatives,
It is amazing to think about the art that come out of little ideas in your mind. It is bewildering to think that what was once an intangible thought becomes something pleasing to the senses. It also goes without saying how critical you are to the survival of man.
Dear creative, do not be afraid to dream. Do not be confined to walls that society may have built around you, or ceilings that may have been placed above you. Allow your imagination to run wild and let your inspiration be your guide.
Unfortunately, it is normal to feel empty. It’s normal to have days when you simply can’t pour,
or when the words you’ve put together aren’t turning into a sweet melody for the soul. It is normal to have moments when your fleeting thoughts are just that, fleeting.
In moments like this, take time to feed your mind and your soul. Take time to bask in what you and others have created. There is a lot to learn from other people and a lot to learn from the creator of the heavens and the earth, the master craftsman.
It may take a while for you to build an audience. It may take a while for you to get over the offence of feeling unknown. Through it all, I hope you never lose your zeal to create. I hope you always remember that you are amazing and that you keep working on perfecting your craft and producing honest work.
The art you create is a reflection of who you are. There is a lot you can deduce about a painter from the work they do. There is a lot you can tell about an author from the way the write. As you work on your art, work on yourself too. Never stop learning. There is always more to learn.
Do not be gatekeepers of industries. There is always room for one more photographer. One more YouTube channel. One more blog. One more podcast. There is always room. That simply means one more story gets to be told. There’s no need to feel bad about another person joining your field.
If you’re just starting out, I hope you have a blast! The journey will not be easy but it will be one you will never forget. Have fun with it.
With that being said, I hope one day you will be given the recognition you deserve. I hope one day you will be more respected than you are now. I hope one day your art will not be taken for granted. I hope when people see what you create, they also see the process and the person behind it.
It is you, the story-tellers, who will make us immortal.
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Hey guys! It’s day 3 of the Afrobloggers WinterABC2021! I love to do this thing where I end a blogging series with an open letter. I have written a couple. This is a short open letter to creatives. I will write an extended version some day.
Please, do tell, what is your favourite part about being a creative? What do you love the most about it? I love that I have an opportunity to freely express myself in a way that I’m comfortable. What do you love about being a creative? Leave a comment and let me know!
Read all the other posts for this years blogging festival here. I’ll also leave links to other letters I have written because I couldn’t put them in the article. Follow the blog to keep up with me!
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