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“I think it’s good if you just want to reflect on your thoughts or actions of that day, or even your whole life. Writing is useful for anyone who needs an outlet. Just go write.”
Laurel, MD
I have been writing ever since I could string words together on a page. Regardless of every other hobby or activity to do, I chose writing because it allowed me to express my thoughts or emotions.

As the quiet person in my family, I don’t talk often. In school, I’m also an introverted person. I don’t even talk to friends unless I’ve known them for a year.

I would like to speak more often, but people don’t always listen. That’s why I enjoy writing. If I can write down my thoughts, I might find someone in the future to share them with.

Usually, I write poetry because it’s easy to quickly put my thoughts on a page. Occasionally, if I feel like writing something longer, I’ll write a short story. I just write whatever comes to mind.

My emotions can also influence my writing. If I’m angry one day, I’ll write in a flurry or if I’m happy, my work will be positive.

Emotions work to influence my word choice, my symbols, and so much more. I choose to never write based on my prompt since my writing is based on my own reflection.

Writing is a great habit for anyone because it could be used to kill time or calm the spirit. For example, sometimes I write to get my emotions out, other times it’s because I have nothing better to do.

That’s why I would definitely recommend writing to others. I think it’s good if you want to reflect on your thoughts or actions of that day, or even your whole life.

Writing is useful for anyone who needs an outlet. Just go write. You don’t even have to share your work with others.

No writer should ever feel obligated to share something personal. If you want to share, though, don’t be afraid to seek listeners. The written word is a tool that can be a cure for a bad day or an uplifting message for someone you care about.

Personally, I show my work to my friends just to put my emotions out there. But I never feel pressured to do anything I don’t want to do.

The same goes to any other writer, artist, or person in general. Be yourself at your own pace.

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“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.”
Salisbury, MD
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.

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“Tending to plants or even just looking at them helps me clear my mind. It’s a great stress reliever.”
Queens, NY
I like to keep plants. I definitely consider myself a plant mom.

I have a bunch in my house. I started with succulents because those are almost impossible to kill.

I definitely don’t have a natural green thumb. I’ve killed my fair share of plants.

I’ve even killed a cactus before. I’m getting a lot better now. I have about 12 plants in my house and they are all alive and doing well.

I just have to remember to water them. I also talk to my plants. I like to think it helps them grow.

I feel like I’m bonding with them. I give them names too.

I love having plants in my house. They clean the air and make my house look nice and lively. It makes me so happy to see all the life in my house.

Tending to plants or even just looking at them helps me clear my mind. It’s a great stress reliever.

Next spring, I want to start planting a garden in my backyard. I’m really excited for it. I want to plant a bunch of veggies and fruits that I can eat in the summer.

It would be so amazing to have fresh produce right outside my house. It would save me money, be good for the environment, and be a good outlet for me after my stressful days at work.

I’m trying to live more sustainably and I think gardening could help. Eventually, I really want to get into urban farming. That way I’d get to spend more time gardening and working with plants.

Plus, I’d be able to grow all my own food and be self-sufficient. I’m a long way away from there, but it’s a nice goal to have.

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“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!

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