“It feels a lot like dancing, and even when I am swimming with repetitive strokes, it still feels like I am performing a complex dance routine.”
New York, NY
If I had to choose between being a fish or a human, I think I’d be a fish. Seeing as I’m always in the water, I’m already halfway to being a water-dweller anyway.
Swimming has always been a constant in my life, no matter how my environment, the people around me, or myself has changed. There are really few things I can think of that has persisted throughout my life in this way.
When I’m in the water, I get a freedom unlike anything. I can float freely, glide effortlessly and plunge my body into a new world. Whether it’s in a pool or the ocean, the peaceful quiet after diving under the surface gives me a unique sense of calm that I can’t get elsewhere.
The water allows me to forget my inhibitions and let my movements become playful and loose. I can be worriless in this environment, with the air in my lungs being the only thing on my mind. My thoughts are clearest and most at peace when in this state, and so I use my time in the water to contemplate and think creatively.
It’s also a place where I can physically be creative. There are an infinite amount of movements possible while suspended in water, and I explore new ones every time I go for a swim.
The placidity of my mind and freedom of my body provides me with a wonderful space for self-expression. It feels a lot like dancing, and even when I am swimming with repetitive strokes, it still feels like I am performing a complex dance routine.
I try to be as freely thinking and acting as a fish, to be just as effortless and carefree, even when I’m not in the water. No matter what the circumstances, the water will always be a temple where I can go to reflect and express myself without worry.
“I started getting into several artists’ work, such as Alex Grey, and I realized that I could put my feelings into what I was doing. I do abstract art so that my feelings can be visually observed.”
I loved drawing when I was younger but, as I got older, I realized that I could do a lot with art. Portraying my emotions, telling a story about my life visually, etc. I started getting into several artists’ work, such as Alex Grey, and I realized that I could put my feelings into a hobby that I already liked.
I do abstract art so that my feelings can be visually observed. Art, for me, is very therapeutic and it helps me to understand how I feel. My art can also be used to work out my emotions by physically drawing and visually seeing them.
For the most part, I draw mandala style. Because of that, there is usually not a specific subject that I focus on. My various lines and patterns just change based on what I am feeling at that time.
I draw in my mandala style because I like to express my emotions in this abstract way. Rather than trying to replicate something exactly, my style allows my hand to flow freely based on my feelings.
I have thought about taking art classes to improve my expertise, but I have not actually taken a serious one yet. Even though it is not in an art classroom, I do show my abstract art to people who I feel comfortable with, like close friends or relatives. I do not show it do everyone since my work is personal to and for me.
Someone negatively judging my art is the same as them negatively judging me. So, I show my art to the people I trust. For example, I show my work to my family, especially my mom.
My sister used to draw, but she does not anymore, so I am the only one who draws now. When people do see my drawings, I usually get nervous.
I am basically exposing a part of myself by showing them an art piece. But, depending on the reaction of the person I show, I may also end up feeling accomplished.
That feeling of accomplishment is partly why I would recommend drawing to others. Any art form in general. I think it’s a great outlet for people who enjoy art.
“I never felt like I was truly being myself on stage or screen before acting in comedy.”
Los Angeles, CA
Ever since I was young, I always loved acting. Growing up in California, I admired the glamorous lifestyles of actors and actresses. I just found it so fascinating that they could transform into whoever they wanted to be.
They inspired me and gave me ideas for what type of productions I would like to be a part of. I remember when I was around four years old, I would put on plays for my family.
I would have my siblings and cousins play the supporting roles, but they never had many lines! As you can see from a young age, I enjoyed how acting gives people the ability to collaborate with others.
However, this soon was enough for me. I wanted to act in a theater group with a real organized cast. Soon enough, I was in acting classes and starred in many musicals and plays throughout my childhood.
I took pride in my work and took it very seriously. Acting in theater group also helped me expand and perfect my craft.
Learning from professionals who were so passionate about acting really inspired me to keep growing as an actress. Furthermore, I was also inspired by my cast mates who have become some of my lifelong friends to this day. Even though we all now young adults with busy lives, we still make a point to keep in touch.
Currently, acting is still a hobby of mine. However, I am not currently in a theater group and have strayed away from theater quite a bit.
It is not that I do not enjoy theater, but I found a such a profound love for comedy. Personally, I feel that comedy is very underrated and should be celebrated more in society.
It’s such a great genre that brings smiles to those who watch and those who act in the field. I first became hooked on this genre after acting in a comedy seminar around two years ago.
It complimented my outspoken and bubbly personality perfectly. Also, I never felt like I was truly being myself on stage or screen before acting in comedy.
This was never a problem for me though, as I loved portraying different characters. However, comedy makes me feel like I am truly being myself and expressing myself in the most natural way!