The Importance Of Having A Creative Outlet

The Importance Of Having A Creative Outlet

Everyone can benefit from some sort of expression.
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Maybe you're a biochem major who doesn't know the first thing about a piano and hasn't touched a paintbrush since your elementary school art class. Maybe you've always classified yourself as "left-brained," or you've dismissed any artsy or creative activities because you "never really got into that stuff."

Well, guess what? Art isn't just for the artsy — it's for everyone and anyone. In all its forms, creative expression is a unique human experience, and to take part is healthy and fulfilling, regardless of — and especially because of — your background or level of expertise. The awesome part is that every individual finds a different outlet most beneficial and meaningful!

Some questions to consider: What do you do when you're angry? When you're stressed? Confused? What about when you feel on top of the world, or overwhelmed with feelings of love? All these times (and more) are when you could utilize your personal creative outlet. Your form of expression can provide a break from the stress and anxiety of life, transform some confusing or depressing thoughts into a positive product, or help you create something tangible and memorable from your positive thoughts.

Whether it's music, writing, or gardening, your creative outlet will help you CREATE something special and meaningful from your experiences and really express yourself. In our culture of consumption — of news, media, gossip, and more find something to produce, to invent, to contribute.

This week or this month, take some time figuring out what form of outlet makes you feel most alive and most like yourself. You don't have to be the next Picasso. Just be you, grab a camera, a pencil, or some scrapbook paper, and see what awesome results can come from your expression.

Cover Image Credit: Jane McMaster

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Yes, I Want To Be A Teacher

"You know you don't make that much money, right?"
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Yes, I want to be a teacher. Yes, I know what the salary of a teacher is like. Yes, I know that people will view my future career as “easy.” No, I would not want any other job in the world.

I am sure that I am not the only future educator who has had enough with hearing all the critiques about becoming a teacher; we are tired of hearing all the negative aspects because it’s obvious that the positives will ALWAYS outweigh those judgemental negative comments.

So, why do I want to be a teacher? I am sure that I speak for many other future teachers when I say that I am not doing it for the salary, benefits, or even the summer vacation (although that is a great plus!).

I want to be a teacher because I will be able to wake up on Mondays and actually be excited. Saturday and Sunday will be a nice break to relax, but I know that I will be ready to fill up my apple-shaped mug with coffee on Monday morning and be ready for a day full of laughs and new lessons for my students for the upcoming week.

I want to be a teacher because I get to have an impact on tomorrow's leaders. No, I don’t mean that I’m predicting my future student to be the president of the United States (but, hey, that would be a pretty cool accomplishment). I mean that I have the job to help students recognize that they have the power to be a leader in and out of the classroom.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want an easy day. Challenges are what push me to greatness and success. Although many people think teaching is an easy profession, I know that it isn’t easy. It’s very hard, every day at every moment. But it is worth it when a student finally understands that math problem that stumped them for awhile and they have a huge smile from ear to ear.

I want to be a teacher because I want to work with kids. I mean, come on, what else is greater than a kid having fun and you’re the reason why? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a child being excited and having fun while learning is worth a million.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want a high salary. If I really cared about making a six-figure income, I would have chosen a different profession. Teaching is not about the check that I bring home every week or two, it’s about what I learn and the memories that I make; the memories that I get to share with my family at dinner that night.

SEE ALSO: To The Teacher Who Helped Shape Me

I want to be a teacher because there is nothing else in this world that I’d rather do for the rest of my life. Sure, there may be other jobs that are rewarding in more ways. But to me, nothing can compare to the view of a classroom with little feet swinging back and forth under a desk from a student learning how to write their ABCs.

Teaching may not be seen as the perfect profession for everyone, but it is the perfect profession for me.

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