I am not always the first to jump at trying out new things. I tend to get the same dish at my favorite restaurant every time I go or listen to the same 5 songs day after day. Why? It’s comfortable and I know that I like it but I wouldn’t have known this if I wouldn’t have tried it in the first place.
Alright, here is little me. Cute, huh? Well as an eager 5th grader I had struggled in Art class. My teacher wasn’t too impressed by the set of skills that I had. Stick figures and eraser marks were a large part of my projects. I just felt like I wasn’t good at it so I wasn’t really willing to try out drawing or painting in my free time based on the negative concept I previously had of art.
Recently I read a post about the positive psychology behind painting. The post had a list of positive features that painting can provide:
Sharpen fine motor skills
A good way to relax
Promotes knowledge of various cultures
Non-verbal communication skills
Critical thinking skills
Gives you a positive mindset
I had noticed that my roommates had done some painting and I was truly impressed by their talents. I decided that I was going to give painting a try for a class project that requested “doing something out of your comfort zone.” Luckily my roommates had the brushes and paint; all that was left was for me to make a quick trip to the store to find something to paint on.
I bought a white “M” wooden letter (Michaels) and was ready to see the possibilities. I squeezed out a selection of colors onto a paper towel and started swiping the brush onto the empty letter. I went for more of an abstract and loose look instead of trying my hand at stick figures. I really liked the finished product and my friend even painted her sign which made this an interactive activity for the two of us.
I had come to the realization that the other part of the “M” was blank and I wanted to make the other side something that related to me. A large part of my life currently revolves around Drake University; I have built friendships, learned important lessons, and have countless memories in the making. I decided to put my Drake stickers to use and add a little color to the back of the sign.
Obviously, I’m nowhere near some of the talents that many artistically inclined individuals have but I have found something fun to do that I was once nervous to try. I think that it is good to get out of your comfort zone, no matter how large or how small that might be. What are you going to try?