I have always been a patron of the arts. As far back as I can remember, I was and remain an enormous music fan. I bought my first 45 at 8 years old (yes, I’m showing my age here) and my love of music and live performances just grew from there. As a child, my parents regularly took me to museums, foreign and independent films, art exhibits and festivals. These adventures stuck with me through adulthood. I spend a lot of time seeking these things out for myself and my family. It wasn’t and isn’t unusual for me to plan an entire trip to another city just to see an exhibit. We have done this as a family countless times. I don’t know if my kids will retain this love of the arts I have. I can only hope!
During the time when I was not functional, all the fun stuff was off the table. I could not even entertain the thought of traipsing through a museum or going to a concert. So, while working on my happiness project, I thought I need start getting back to doing what I love as soon as possible.
My Quotation: “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls”
- Attend live performances
- Find a craft I can learn
- Listen to music everyday
- Seek out exhibits
First up, Attend Live Performances! Well, I certainly have done that! I started with a few concerts and other live events and to be honest sitting in those chairs for hours was brutal on my neck at first. And it was frustrating and depressing. But, I had enjoyed getting out to do what I loved so much that I kept going. And kept getting therapy to get myself through. And eventually, that didn’t happen anymore. It took awhile. Probably 8 months. Now I don’t even think about it, I just go and have a good time. Did you know that people who attend concerts live longer!! Just saying…
Oh, finding a craft was a tough one. I love being crafty, but I’m not exactly good at it. The ladies from my exercise group invited me to an art class to and I thought, “Yay! This is exactly what I’ve been looking to do!” I’m not going to say I created a masterpiece. It was pretty rough. But the experience of doing it made me so happy. That was the first of MANY outings we did together! We have a standing date once a month now. I’m always looking forward to our time together! And for the record I’m still searching for a craft that I enjoy. I tried drawing and sketching, but got bored with it. I do bullet journal and that can be crafty. I’m still on the hunt.
Listening to music everyday came in the form of Spotify. I was an Itunes user until my son explained to me how much music I could have access to with Spotify. He could NOT understand why I was not using Spotify! Once I got used to it I was sold! Now I’m not sure how I did without it! Listening to music is the ultimate distraction. I listen in the car, while I’m cooking or doing laundry. Anytime I can, just because it makes me so HAPPY.
I’m lucky to live near the nation’s capital and you could not ask for a better place to Seek Out Exhibits. There is CONSTANTLY something wonderful to see! Really, it’s just a matter of having the time to get there to see it. I would say I head to the city at least once a month to see an exhibit or a show. DC is just full of museums, most of which are free. I get so excited to see the Arts Preview section of the newspaper every season, sitting down with my cup of tea and circling all the things I want to attend over the next few months! It’s the best!
How about you? What do you love doing? Maybe it’s not the arts. Maybe it’s sporting events, or dog shows, or car shows? Think about what you love to do and make a plan to do MORE OF IT. I promise it will make you happier!
If you do start seeking out things you love comment below! I’d love to hear about everyone’s experiences!