Think about what activity calms you when stress knocks at the door, or troubles start to flourish. For me, I like to make things. I do not like to mention this, because I try to keep my private life to myself, but I have had issues with both depression and anxiety for years now. This is probably the first time I have opened up about this on a public platform. I share this, because of how well it ties into the advice I am about to give. I will not go into details, but I will say that those of you reading this who are experiencing those symptoms, you are not alone. I have read books and article after article about combating these particular symptoms, a lot advice is to find an activity or activities that help spark a peaceful mind. This is, for the most part, a post about encouragement, encouragement to find peace in making artwork in particular. Several folks have expressed to me that they would like to make artwork, but they do not feel like they are exactly “good enough” to do so. I want to make clear that EVERYONE can make art. Do it for yourself. Take a sketchbook with you, practice drawing, paint something, shoot photographs, and make something out of any material you can get your hands on. The possibilities are endless. There are no rules. If you feel lead to show your work, perhaps on social media platforms, by all means show it! If you want to keep your work to yourself, there is nothing wrong with that either. I do that quite often actually! Trying something new can be refreshing, and you don’t really know what great opportunities can stem from it. You don’t need an art degree to make art. I do happen to have an art degree, but that is because someday I do hope to land a career in the realm of art I feel very passionate about. However, the police aren’t going to pull you over and arrest you if you create work without one. You can be a nurse and a painter. You can be a fireman and a writer. The point is, you can be anything you want to be. I have had several parents tell me that their kids have an interest in art and they always draw and paint for fun. That makes me so happy to hear! I try to tell the parents of those children to encourage their kids to keep making work. It seems like a lot of folks try to discourage artists. I don’t know how many negative reactions I have received from me simply telling others that I have a degree in art. I’ve actually been told several times that I didn’t have a “real degree”. I would rather encourage than discourage, especially with young children. I want them to be on fire for the world of art at a young age, so they will grow up loving it. They don’t have to grow up and be a full-time artist if they don’t feel lead to. They can be whatever they want to be, but art will always be there as a peaceful activity to do as a form of escape. I guess what I’m trying to say here is this; the world can be tough, creating your own work helps! I owe my love for making art to Jesus, for planting that seed of creativity into my mind. I can honestly say that making art has helped me tremendously. I wouldn’t recommend it, if it weren’t true. Also, if anyone would like to show me their artwork, I would love to see it! Email me sometime at firstname.lastname@example.org!