I was feeling pretty stressed today and it was getting me down. I always feel a creeping sense of anxiety as the New Year gets nearer and today wasn't a great day for various reasons. But I did have something to look forward to - a Zoom creative writing class.
I haven't done any creative writing since I was at school so I was a bit nervous. I'd signed up for it on a whim but I'm glad I did. We started with a bit of freewriting and some sharing of our initial thoughts on the topic of Christmas. Hearing others read out some of their ideas really helped me shape mine. After that, we had some time to hone our poem. This is mine;
Decorations, tinsel, handmade cards
Christmas lights in the busy stores
Christmas Carols and Midnight Mass
I’m lonely in the crowd.
Everyone else with their families
Feeling the pressure to belong
Is that really the Christmas Spirit?
It’s simpler on my own
The glitz is overwhelming
Too much cash spent on nothing
Money can’t buy anyone’s love
No matter how much you have.
A Christmas wreath and Christmas lights
The Wizard of Oz, Morecambe and Wise,
Nut roast and a mince pie
That’s my Christmas wrapped up.
It's better than I was expecting to come up with, even if it is a bit dour. Most of the group were a bit down about Christmas as it happens which I thought was interesting in itself. Anyway, Christmas will be done and dusted by the time of next month's session which is already in my diary.
After a couple of hours doing something completely different, my mood lifted. Art is clearly good for you and I recommend you try this stuff. You never know what you might discover about yourself and others.