Lately Maya Angelou has often been finding her way into my awareness. She was a firecracker of a person, with compassion, spunk, strong values and a clear voice for uplifting others through struggle. I appreciate her thoughts on why we CREATE in the world- as a tool for sharing our dreams, questions, passion, and process of living. I find that no matter what kind of background someone has with the arts, when a person spends a few moments with colour, words, music; any material they can interact with- some sort of transformation happens. It might be an inner shift that person feels, a brightening of their eyes, a re-discovered sense of possibility, or playfulness in themselves they had forgotten about. In the simple act of creating and sharing, we are inspired to move towards something good.
'We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans- because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us wan to explain ourselves to other human beings. That's why we paint, that's why we dare to love someone-because we have the impulse to explain who we are' -Maya Angelou