Finding me – Shane’s story

Why identity matters

When we’re looking for identity, we often end up in a maze of made-up possibilities.  It is so easy to become whomever we want to become.  After all, who will know if we fake it.  Right?

Wrong.

You will know. It is exhausting to try and keep up with who you think you should be.  It is so draining, that it will surely suck the life out of you.  Trying to find your voice and your “true self” can also be very contradicting, as it is something which forever changes.  But, the core of who you are, is ever fixed.  You are created with beautiful purpose and clarity.  You just have to sit down and find it.

The creative process

In my journey to discover authentic identity, I realized that art (in whichever form) has had an amazing part to play in my identity formation.  It is often in the expression of ourselves, that we are able to find ourselves.

I had a talk with a beautiful artist and friend who shared her journey with me.

1)  What does art mean to you?

Art, to me, is a way of communicating that which is happening on the inside.  It is the means through which I share that which I experience with others, of face it myself.

2)  What does art add to your life?

It has brought me a great deal of peace, because I have used art as a form of therapy and relaxation.  But, I also feel it is the universal form of communication, which allows everyone to take part in the conversation.

3)  How has art helped to form and shape your identity?

I can clearly see how over the years, through the incorporation of different forms of art, I have grown as a person.  The different phases I have gone through and how I have dealt with different situations in my life, has greatly evolved.  Through that, I have been able to see where I need some growth.  These include the things I like, even to the smallest artistic detail – such as which colour I like, haha. 🙂

On a more serious note, it has also helped me to tackle big problems, like body image issues, which I did not know how to deal with.

4)  In what way has art given you a voice?

 I have been able to use art to communicate a healthier way of living and to promote fitness.  Through this process, I have also been granted the ability to share my love for movement as therapy.  Art has helped me to share my story and in the process helped others to deal with their own struggles – be it through art or any other form or outlet that can help them heal and grow.

The reality

Not all of us are artists.  And even if we are, we might not be as good as someone else.  However, that’s not the point.  The point is that by expressing ourselves, through art, we might often be surprised at what comes out.  And it is in this result of our art, that we are able to discover some small part of who we are.

To follow Shane’s journey, click here.

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