Why Drawing Makes You a Better Person

I have always been a creative soul, enjoying singing and acting on the stage in high school. As I went to college, I tried to veer away from my creative side and focus on the practical: business. I found that while I enjoyed my studies, I also felt that something was missing from my life.

I had never tried my hand at drawing before, I had always assumed that if you were any good at art you would just sort of know. It had never occurred to me that the artsy people I watched sketching buildings in the park weren’t always that good. They had to practice. Just like anything else.

Now I am not going to pretend that I am Picasso, because I am not. But throughout the years I have found that practicing art has been important for me. By allowing my hands to sketch and color as my mind wandered, I was letting my brain rest for an hour. I found myself sketching during finals, sketching whenever something upset me and sketching when I was perfectly happy. I guess it was becoming my own personal drug.

Drawing not only allowed me to relax and express myself creatively, but it also gave me something to be proud of. As I created drawings for my friends or hung my artwork on our bare apartment walls, I found myself engaging in conversations about my work with anyone visiting in my apartment. The artwork was bringing us together.

I started to appreciate not being busy every second of the day. I was content to just wander around the city, enjoying the people and the scenes around me. Art taught me to notice the colors, the textures, the little details I had missed before.

I started to appreciate who and what was around me. I started to realize how important creating was. Creating wasn’t just for the select few whose work was being displayed in museums, anyone could do it. Creating is the one thing that is purely human: artists, musicians and architects all show us the best and the worst of human kind.

I am glad I decided to start drawing and I think more people should try. Society tells us that we shouldn’t pursue things we aren’t good at, but why not? If we like to draw or sing then who are we hurting by not being good at it? No one. The worst that could happen is that you passed some time and you probably felt a little less stressed than when you began.

So don’t be afraid to create! Who knows? You might find you are actually pretty good at it. Or you can always rip it up and use it for hamster bedding

-Alexis-