In January 2018 I took to the streets with a typewriter. My stage was a card-table and my throne a milk-crate. Affixed to the front of my stage was a sign that read:
“Choose your subject
Pick your price
Get a poem!”
I remember the first poem I wrote. A couple approached, intrigue in their eyes. They asked for a poem about their relationship, and provided a few cues to inspire me. My experience with typewriters wasn’t what it is now, and as I began to type the words, I realised my typewriter was out of ink!
With panic in my voice, I apologised profusely and offered to write the poem by hand. I only had a grubby little pencil on me, and my handwriting is terrible. I scrawled words to paper and sheepishly handed it to them.
And they were delighted!
I went on to write poetry on the streets for more than 2 years. I’ve written poetry for thousands of people, and, truth be told, I can’t remember all of them!
But I do remember the process. I remember the way that I felt, the expressions on peoples faces, and the emotions invoked!
I may have forgotten the final product, but I'll always remember the journey.
When we were younger, we all used to paint, write and draw. We used to create just for fun! Process trumped product, and the exploration of our creativty curated happiness within ourselves.
Why did we stop?
Numerous studies have shown that connecting with creativity has major benefits for our mental health.
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