I Create, Therefore I Am

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If I don’t write or photograph each day, a little part of me feels stifled. It’s almost as if I’m not creating something each day, I don’t exist – a kind of ‘I create, therefore I am’ philosophy.

The great thing about living in Brighton, is I’m surrounded by artists and performers. Not only in the many creative outlets in our city but also at the local pub, at work and even at the school gates. That was evident from the Children’s Parade, the display of community creativity and freedom of thought around the theme of Poetry In Motion (one of my favourite themes so far I think).

Like many people, I dabble in a bit of all creativity. I used to paint and draw but rarely find the time for that now. I tend to use my smartphone to get creative with photography, Brighton being the perfect backdrop. And with the internet being an image-hungry place these days, I always get an opportunity to use my creations – either here on the blog or on Instagram.

Whether you’re a budding Picasso or Man Ray or just creating for pleasure, there are enormous benefits for mental health and well-being. For me, it’s an outlet, something that must happen every day. I don’t think about whether it’s going to hang in the National Gallery or get oodles of Insta likes – it’s the experience I value.

Each time I set out to take a photograph, create a dish in the kitchen, sew, design or assemble jewellery I learn something about myself. I learn about my hand to eye co-ordination. I push my senses to new limits. I reflect on colour and form around me, connecting sights to my emotions.

And when I look at my handiwork it makes ME happy. This is something I try hard to pass on to the children. Encouraging them to not compare themselves with others but find their own creative style and voice.

Here’s some of my favourite iPhone photographs on my Instagram.

Lively waves, spirited wind today on #EastPreston beach.

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Lively waves, spirited wind today on #EastPreston beach.

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Lively waves, spirited wind today on #EastPreston beach.

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Lively waves, spirited wind today on #EastPreston beach.

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About Claire Jones-Hughes

Founder and co-editor of BrightonMums.com, Claire has been blogging since 2009. She has posted on a variety of sites including The Argus, The Huffington Post and The Guardian's Comment Is Free. Known as The Contented Mummy on social media, she is dedicated to honest, unsponsored blogging so that parents can benefit from shared experience. Can also be found at www.fitfaband40.co.uk - sharing her journey to health & wellness.

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2 Comments on “I Create, Therefore I Am”

  1. I know exactly how you feel, I am a very creative person and hate it when I don’t have time to write each day or take photos or do actual crafts, I feel stressed. My husband is originally from Brighton, he took me there once and I loved it. We hope to take the family there one year.

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