I’ve heard the whispers that writing poetry is a waste of time. There are parents who see no benefit to a child involved in dancing. Some frown on learning an instrument as they lack confidence of a future in the craft. It burns my veins to hear such negativity about the arts many of us love so dear. Art breathes life. Imagine a world without such forms of expression. You might as well silence the voice from speaking and the body from moving. What a limit we would put on the mind if more people thought this way.
As much as some people turn their nose on poetry, how little they realize they might encounter it every day. Poetry is that song you sing on your way to work in the morning. Poetry is the motto you read on the walls of businesses. Poetry is that nursery rhyme you recite to your children. Poetry is in the words of endearment you speak to a loved one. Poetry is everywhere and you may have even quoted a few poets without knowing it. There are people out there who may need to be uplifted by poetry, so never stop writing.
With the popularity of shows like Dance Moms and Dancing with the Stars, we are able to get an inside look into the toils that go into dancing competitions. The Step Up movie series explores the performing arts by blending street styles with modern forms. For those who can’t write or sing, dance is their way of expressing themselves. Dance is poetry in motion. Even though it may seem like a harsh way to discipline the body, there is a freedom to dancing. Dancers glide through the air, the way ships do on sea. Don’t ever take away that liberty from a child who loves it.
We all can’t afford to get music lessons to play an instrument; some of us are just born with the gift. There may be a slim chance that music will lead you to the job of your dreams, but sometimes you have to take the chance if you are truly passionate about it. Beethoven’s teachers thought he would never succeed as a violinist, yet he is one of the greatest composers of all time. Imagine watching a movie without a soundtrack. Imagine walking outside without hearing the sounds of nature. What a boring world it would be. Music is essential to life, so never stop playing whatever instrument you were born to play.
Engaging in the arts is good for your mental health, according to bebrainfit.com. Being creative is a great way to relieve stress, so don’t ever give up on your love of the craft, whatever it may be. Drown the critics and let art be your voice.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, and Devour Me.
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