Do you fantasize that a cure for Covid-19 will be discovered tomorrow and you’ll waltz out the door leaving your homemade mask behind? Sigh. Welcome to my world! While the reality we face right now is a lot less rosy, the process of getting through this difficult period of unknowns can be viewed as an opportunity to build resilience and creativity. Although I’ve never lived through anything like this before, I’ve had the normal share of life challenges to date. And with (almost) a half century’s experience in overcoming tough times, I can humbly offer the following hard won advice for how to be resilient.
How To Be Resilient – An Artist’s Perspective
Needless to say, a lot – if not everything – depends on how we look at the world.
From my experience, the more we view the world (and ourselves) with love and a sense of humor, the more we’ll grow and flex the muscles of creativity and wonder.
Which is why I keep showing up at my drafting table each day to create new drawings, illustrations and cartoons. To be honest, sometimes what I create is crap. This can be especially apparent when I view an illustration with new eyes by looking at it in reverse. Other times, my illustration or cartoon seems to just flow from my pen. Of course, I prefer the latter and dread the former. However, when I look back on the experience of creating a crap illustration I know that each one has taught me something new.
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”W.B. Yeats
One of my illustrations is among 3 featured illustrations on the SCBWI (metro chapter) website this month. Click here to visit the site. Then scroll to the 3rd blue dot under the landing page illustration and you’ll see my illustration.