In the early days of this blog I started a series called Expressing Myself in which I only ever wrote one post (haha fail): Expressing myself #1: Building a fortress.
Well, I am back two years later with another post on this topic, this time diving into numerous factors in my life that help me express myself.
There are so many ways to express yourself nowadays, these are just a few of mine:
Let’s start with the most obvious thing here, shall we? I think it is pretty clear that I enjoy voicing my opinion on this platform I created for myself. Writing is a great source of release and especially with this blog and its community, it isn’t something isolating but more like something that ties us all together. My passion for writing has only grown since I first started out blogging and I’d like to think that I have since then developed my writing style / voice. I love how you can evoke so many emotions in a reader by simply using words. Amongst these lengthier blog posts I also post my own poetry, something I have really gotten into these past few years. Poetry to me is an extension of writing, one that allows me to play with the words and their meaning, to experiment with all kinds of methods and styles. I resumed writing a book again, something my wonderful blogging friend Chloe convinced me to pick up again. (Heavy self-critisism led me to put the project on halt the first time around but I’d forgotten how much I enjoy writing fiction!)
Photography is a fairly new interest of mine that has developed over the last three years. I love how a photo can speak volumes and I have really come to enjoy learning more and more as I go. My dad is a huge photography buff and is always up for helping me grow more. With photography also comes editing, something I am only now properly learning at uni. It has been a process, but I do feel like I have gotten a lot better since I first started taking the art of photography seriously.
A passion of mine that I have been developing ever since I was a child is filming and editing videos. Much like photography I prefer to learn through doing. Editing especially is a chance for me to experiment and expand my knowledge. Everything I know as of now is self-taught knowledge. In my second semester which starts next week I will also have my first ever videography lecture and I am very excited!
Drawing / Painting
One thing I don’t share as openly as other passions of mine is drawing and painting, the reason being that I as a self-critical human being don’t really find myself to be any good. It’s just one of those things where I haven’t really found any confidence in yet but I still really enjoy doing. Like writing, making art is a very therapeutic activity for me. Nowadays I mostly will use my art journal as an outlet or paint on canvasses.
Although I haven’t been playing too much recently, the piano is an instrument I hope will accompany me throughout my life. I love how elegant of an instrument it is and the endless possibilities that come along with playing. When I come home for the weekend I will sometimes just make up my own tunes and songs on the piano. Music in general is just such a huge source of inspiration for me and when I play I get this “floating” sensation… it’s hard to explain if you don’t know what I mean. The only way I can think to properly describe it is a bodiless feeling – like you’re not in your body but with the notes (I know that sounds crazy but it truly is an incredible feeling to immerse yourself fully in music, to lose yourself even). I just get this weird clarity when I play.
Making my space ‘mine’
This is one of my favourite things to do. I love decorating my room and I really think that my room in my parent’s house reflects my personality. I am always adding to it and my room at uni. I like having a lot of pictures of the things I love everywhere, I have a ton of books and paintings and scribblings.
How can I even begin to sum up my utter fascination with collaging? I collage as part of room decor, in my journal, on canvasses,… everywhere. Even on my light switches and doors you can be sure to find a collage.
I think it goes without saying that one of the best ways to express yourself is with others. Joining a club where everyone shares the same interest is such a rewarding experience. Because I am a massive booknerd I of course joined a book club. At first I was a Little timid about joining a club full of strangers so what I did at first was buddy-reading with my friends and family. It was actually through buddy-reading that I was asked to join the book club I am currently in.
Soooo…. this is it (for now anyway). I hope that you enjoyed this post even though it didn’t include singing or dancing – sadly I am hopeless at those two things. But if you can do either, what type of singing/dance to you do?
And if you are also a shitty dancer/singer like me, how do you, yes you reading this, like to express yourself? Let me know!