Take a deep breath.
Feel the pressure – feel it, deep in your expanding lungs.
Let it rest there awhile.
Know the pressure. Understand the pressure.
Visualize the pressure within the expanse of your lungs as the stress of 2016.
When you are ready, exhale. Let all of your stress built up from this previous year spill from your lips and your nostrils, the invisible force that it is, as your lungs rest back to their natural shape.
Take another deep breath. And this time, pay attention to the muscles in your arms, in your thighs, all of the muscles in your body.
Feel the tenseness – feel it, deep beneath your clothes, beneath your very flesh.
Know the tenseness. Understand the tenseness.
Visualize the tenseness in your muscles the stress of your artistic craft. All of your “shoulds”, all of your “wants”, all of your regrets, and all of your failures.
Exhale, and with your exhalation, feel your muscles relax.
Relax, and know that a brand new slate surrounds you. You can do anything you put your mind to. You can do anything, so long as you put in the effort, and care for yourself in the best way you are capable of.
It is a new year. It is a new now. Self pity does not serve your soul; it serves the ego.
Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let yourself go.
Art. Art is what serves your soul. Art is what drives you. Do not close your heart this day, this month, this year, to the wonders of creativity, to the desire of your artful mind.
It is who you are. It is what you are. So stop reading this, and go make something.