Among other things, including National Hot Chocolate Day and Eat Brussels Sprouts Day (a juxtaposition so full of irony I can’t even stand it), January 31 is Inspire Your Heart With Art Day.
Some say the thing that separates humans from the other animals is consciousness, or language, or the ability to use tools, but I disagree (especially since research has shown that none of those things are unique to Homo sapiens). I think it’s art – the drive to create something that never existed, to express what it means to be human – that really sets us apart. The form of the expression, be it film or dance or sculpture or graffiti or even building a sand castle, is incidental – all of these are equally valid, because what we have to say is far more important than how we go about saying it.
So this weekend, I’m going to fill my heart by immersing myself in the act of creation. I’m going to bake a delicious cake, re-watch a favourite movie, admire beautiful photographs, cross-stitch, sing along and bust out some dance moves. By Monday, I’ll have new inspiration and new hope to bring to a new artistic venture – the writing of my very first novel.
How will you seek inspiration this weekend? What art forms do you practice or admire? What piece of art – in any form – touched your soul in a way you still can’t explain?