A Longing for Excitement

Exercising one's creativity is most exciting...

September 26, 2007

I came across this quote while doing a bit of research:

"A longing for excitement can be satisfied without external means, within oneself; for creating is the most intense excitement one can come to know."

-- Anni Albers

I find this true in my life. Many people to look at me - pale and shy, retiring, nearly mute in many social situations, might not think that I experience a longing for excitement. Certainly, I would be a 'wallflower' at their parties.

But 'wallflowers' have other places they can bloom, and often vibrantly. Oh, the life of the mind! And the life of creation! I feel so utterly alive when I am creating my art. It is scary, for I might ruin my effort. It is exciting, for I seldom have a clear idea how a piece will turn out. It is a process of discovery. Other excitements may have their momentary bursts of thrill, but the thrill of creating has a uniquely regenerating effect.

© Joan Ann Lansberry
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