What do Corvettes and ceramics have in common? Both are antidotes for a mid-life crisis according to a recent New York Times article, “Forget a Fast Car. Creativity Is the New Midlife Crisis”. Creativity is the new way of re-inventing yourself for people in midlife caught up in an era of finding meaning through mindfulness and experience. We’ve certainly seen it here at CAC with ceramics and painting classes filling faster than ever and more and more people in their 40s and 50s taking art classes. Laura M. Holston, who wrote the piece, believes that people want more in life, but it does not mean more things or the outward trappings of youth. “Instead, it’s a look inward,” she says, “to passions and possibilities long thought to have passed.”
From Julia Cameron who pioneered the subject with “The Artist Way: A Spiritual Path to Creativity” in 1992 to Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2016 “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear”, people are looking for ways to re-engage their creative side. The challenge is to bring creativity into everyday life. Let’s face it, not many of us can take up stone carving in Pietrasanta or landscape painting in Provence, so we look for small ways that we can feel empowered to be inspired. Taking an art class that do that and in the process serve as an outlet for anxiety or depression, reignite a waning career or a way to make new connections to like-minded people!
Also, be sure to check out the Times’ "A Year of Living Better," a new monthly series of how-to guides for readers that will help you improve your life, community and world. This month provides useful tips on how to be more creative besides taking a class at CAC!