3 Ways Self Expression Changed My Life
Self-expression has changed my life in more ways than one. By looking at the title, you already know that I am going to be talking about 3 ways that it has helped me. From learning to see things with new eyes, building relationships, and even loving myself. It all comes together and is a path that I feel everyone should take. The path to a better you. What you decide to do and how you decide to do it is all up to you, but what we can all agree on is that it finding yourself through expression can make you the best version of yourself.
Ever since I was a child, I loved expressing myself. I would draw, sing, write stories and figure out ways to show the world who I was. I had no problem expressing my feelings to others. I was 100% myself 24 hours a day. But, just like so many others, it didn’t last for long. As I got older, it got even harder to be myself. As a teen school, peer pressure, and bullies were the culprit. As an adult, college, relationships, and illness were where I felt sent me further away from myself. Finally being afraid to be different
But, sometimes the best way to find yourself is to get lost!
This means that once you realize that you don’t know where you are, you begin to want to find yourself again. You truly start to look at everything around you. From there, you see that you let the outside world change the way you live your life. All you want is to get back to a place where you feel like you again. Or maybe find that feeling for the first time. Think of it as hitting the reset button on life.
I started by quieting the outside world. This gave me time to listen to myself. What do I want? What do I need? I realized I needed to step out of the box that the other people had created for me. So I relied a lot on my spirituality and allowed it to guide me to what my plan needed to be.
The first thing for me was joining a self-help class. It was something that I found and decided to try. I learned so much about myself and the way that the world thinks. I was able to understand and let go of the unforgiveness, pain, and fear that I had. This let me free up my mind and my heart in a way that I had never done. I gradually started to feel like a weight was being lifted off of my shoulders. This class helped me figure out the path I wanted to take.
This path gave me the strength to express myself through my words. I knew how to say things and when to say them. I also learned how to be a listener not only to others but to myself. This was the main thing that I was missing. I wasn’t listening to my needs.
The second thing was learning about who I was. I felt that a lot of this was about understanding my roots. So, I took an ancestry DNA test. I learned a lot about my family and our origins. Things that I had very little knowledge about. When you see the various countries that you are apart of you and all of the new family member’s popping up, you kind of feel lost at first. But, it is only because of all of the new information you are taking in. I was able to take this information, process it in my mind and my heart and use it to learn about me instead of turning it into something that was going to set me back. I met up with these new family member’s, I discovered where certain traits came from, and even learned about my family’s path around the world. It was amazing and it is still continuing today.
How did this help me express myself? It helped me because I was now able to love myself in a new way. My history, my traits, my personality, my family, and the world around me. I could see that everything you go through in life has a link and you are not alone. It created a stronger love for myself and I think that it was something I should have done sooner.
The third thing that I had done was trust my creativity. I had always had this itch for creativity. Both of my parents draw really well and I assumed that I was skipped on this trait. But, it turns out I had an ability to draw that I had no idea even existed. If I tried to draw I would be so nervous and I would end up messing everything up because I didn’t understand my abilities. I had to take it slow and try new things. I had to remove the fear of failure and have faith in success.
I learned that I can do so many things. In just a few months, I started to feel so much positivity within myself. If I felt something, I would express it through my art or my writing. It helped my depression and anxiety. They became just a whisper in my life. They no longer affected me the way that they use to. It is not a cure of course, but it is so beneficial for my mental health to be able to express yourself.
Writing this blog is the next best way for me to express myself. I have been on and off for many years, but I think I can finally use this as an outlet. No matter who may read this, I still will know that I am on the right path for myself.
Being able to express myself has helped me discover who I am as well as develop a new outlook on my future. Hopefully, after reading this, it will help you on your creative journey.