Creating is an opportunity for self-reflection. You are forced to sit with your thoughts. To hear your own voice, and not have it drown in the noise of others. To see within, gaining clarity in your emotions. There is such beauty in the hands and heart working together. It is both soothing and confronting in the best way. To have the ability to express complex feelings and concepts visually. To allow yourself to be the vessel through which to tell a story. To fight all your doubts. To process and heal. To be completely honest and human. The experience, there’s nothing like it. Then to lay exposed, open to judgement, as you share your finished work. If you manage to make others feel, think, be moved in some way…that’s the gift. In the end, you don’t create art, art truly creates you. If you let it.