In sixth grade, my teacher would assign these unfinished sentences as creative writing prompts. Each student had to finish the sentence after recess then elaborate on their thoughts. We'd spend twenty to thirty minutes writing paragraphs then choose if we'd like to share with the whole class or not.
Today, as young adults, we still continue to do the same thing, except we give ourselves these prompts. We decide which prompts we are going to actively answer and how we are going to answer them. We decide which artistic medium we are going to use to elaborate ourselves--film, photography, writing, music, acting, performance, painting. We pour our time, energy, and selves into these projects for seemingly little reward, only to share a bit of ourselves to those who may care. However, it isn't so cut and dry. We pursue these creative passions to express our feelings and thoughts and that's just the beginning.
Art brings people together, even as adults. It's teamwork, whether that is before the inner workings begin, during the creation process, or after a piece has been made to be shared. More often than not, it is meant to be talked about and digested by individuals. Art is not dead.
We have creative outlets to seek fulfillment within ourselves, something that no one else can give us. That doesn't mean that other people cannot help along the way though. People can drive us to make art. Though their words. Through their actions. Through their support.
As I get to know my "artist friends" better, I come to realize that many of them don't see art as a team process. They say, "This is my piece, and I'd love some help if you have the time" or "I feel guilty when other people help me because I'm taking their time." People make fun of the common sentence, "Wow, this piece just really speaks to me. " It may sound demeaning to some, but it had to have come from somewhere.
Art is meant to be shared with a community. Not only does it help the initiator seek peace, but it can help each person who interacts with it. More often than not, a piece doesn't only belong to the person leading a project. It becomes everyone's who comes in contact with it, figuratively of course. People develop emotional connections to beautiful things. It's in the interpretation process of the creative language. As artists and people, we share our human vulnerabilities to also (intentionally and unintentionally) find ourselves. And that helps them get through the rough journey of life.
Art is a necessary part of life as creative beings and as a community.
In college, I made many acquaintances, some professional connections, and a handful of friends. Some, I'm still in touch with. Others, we've gone our separate ways. Maddy has become one of my nearest and dearest friends. We met on the first day of college when we were both moving into our apartments on campus; we walked to get our photos taken for our student ID cards. We've been through plenty of ups and downs together from walking down to the beach to late night study sessions to the really difficult times where we need a shoulder to cry on. We may have different interests, but we've been able to remain close friends despite our differences and quirks.
It was an honor to take her senior portraits at none other than Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. Maddy is a very talented dancer, and I can't wait to see her perform at Disney one day. The spirit of Disney brings her so much joy. It is delightful to see, and I'm thankful to have witnessed it when taking her portraits.
As the saying goes... Dreams do come true. I hope you never give up on your dream, Maddy. Congrats on all of your hard work, and thank you for your friendship.
This past weekend, my friend Maddy and I checked another thing off the ol' bucket list: strawberry picking in Carlsbad, San Diego. There were so many strawberries... it was overwhelming in the best way. The weather was perfect. Thank you, San Diego sunshine. The berries were incredibly brilliant in color and sweet in taste. The bugs surely agreed too.
If you plan to go fruit picking in the near future, here are a few things to note:
I heard that the wildflowers were in full bloom. So, I decided to stop by the Torrey Pines State Reserve for a quick hike after work a few days ago. After walking up a steep asphalt hill, the trail itself was fairly flat and had plenty of vibrant, colorful nature to keep me company. There are a couple lookouts where you can just breathe and look over the ocean.
Like many trails, there were signs to educate hikers. Here's a little bit about Torrey Pine trees… these trees are one of the rarest kinds of pine trees. They are only found in 2 places in the world naturally: the San Diego coastline and Santa Island (off the coast of Santa Barbara). The grooves on the needles are used to collect moisture from the ocean fog. The taproot also reaches for water but in the ground. These roots go deep into the earth. The cones that take 3-5 years to mature bear seeds at the top of the trees.
All photos were taken with my iPhone. "Sometimes, the best camera is the one that you have on you."
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