At the beginning of the first pandemic lockdown, in April 2020, I picked up a few brushes and canvases from the local dollar store. Like many, I was seeking a hobby to alleviate the increasing anxiety symptoms since my favourite yoga studio was obviously closed, I just needed to find a way to escape.
Little did I know this naive move would catalyze a profound journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth. Reflecting on this journey, I realize that painting taught me invaluable life lessons worth sharing, so here you go :)
1. Everything is Fixable
One of my first lessons is that almost everything in painting can be fixed, and this realization was liberating. In life, just as in painting, we often fear making irreversible mistakes. However, as I blended colours and fixed lines, I understood that most errors are not final. This mindset has taught me to approach life's challenges with resilience and adaptability, knowing there's always room for correction and improvement.
2. Nothing is Permanent
As colours mix and perspectives change, paintings evolve, symbolizing the impermanence of life. This lesson taught me to embrace change rather than resist it. The fluidity in painting mirrors the transient nature of our lives, where moments, feelings, and circumstances are ever-changing. Accepting this impermanence has helped me find peace in the present and let go of the anxiety of trying to control the uncontrollable.
3. Blessings in Disguise
Sometimes, what seems like a mistake on the canvas is a blessing in disguise. A misplaced stroke or an unintended colour blend can create a beautiful, unforeseen, and unique outcome. This mirrors life's unpredictability, where often, our perceived missteps lead us to unexpected and rewarding paths. It's a reminder to remain open to the unknown and trust the journey, even when it diverts from our planned route.
4. Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Painting requires patience. Rushing through a piece seldom yields the desired result. This taught me the value of taking my time in art and life. Whether nurturing relationships, pursuing goals, or personal growth, a slow and steady approach often leads to more meaningful and fulfilling outcomes. I learned patience is not just waiting; it's the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard for what you believe in.
5. Embracing Imperfections
Finally, the most liberating lesson has been learning to make and embrace mistakes. In the world of painting, there's something beautiful about imperfect strokes and uneven textures – they add character.
This translates to a broader life lesson: it's okay to be imperfect. Embracing our flaws and allowing ourselves to make mistakes is essential for growth and authenticity. It's a gentle reminder that we are all works in progress, constantly evolving and refining ourselves.
In conclusion, what started as a simple hobby to pass the time during a challenging period turned into a journey filled with spiritual insights. Painting has become more than just a creative outlet; it's a mirror reflecting life's many lessons, and it has taught me to be more patient, adaptable, and accepting – of change, mistakes, and, most importantly, myself.
Thanks for your reading :)