Easy said…not so easily done. I like to think of myself as an open person…I do after all live in a foreign country with a culture and religion completely different than my own. In order to function I must be “open”…to doing things backwards (…er…in a different way :), to embracing a different living style and language, open to change (I just usually try to roll with it) and open to…..?
But inside of us all, no matter where we come from, there is an innate sense that tells us different is wrong, or should be challenged, no?
It could be culture, it could be art. I have taken MANY art and art history courses over the years. I mean come on….when you first saw artwork by Kandinsky, Klee, Miro or any other “modern” artist who draws like my three year old cousin…..did you honestly feel OPEN to it? If you saw it on the street instead of in the Louvre, would you call it art? I can be honest and say no, no I wasn’t open to it my first viewing. I thought it was stupid. I am still not a fan but I have come to appreciate their artistic and historical influence even though the style isn’t my “cup of tea.”
I believe that might be the key, maybe openess is acceptance, for what it is. For whatever it is.
All I am saying is that being open to new things is HARD, it takes PRACTICE. Maybe you all don’t agree with me…maybe it’s because some of you have a completely liberated mind free of bias and cultural influence. I doubt it. But if you are more open, ok then, power to you! I, however have to warm up to things. I had to warm up to living abroad, warm up to living in a city with almost 20 million people who don’t speak my language or even have the same body language, and I also have to warm up to leaving my comfort zone. But I do it, it happens…but not as often as I’d like.
I found this article online written Unlock 10 Ways to be More Open and I generally agree with what the author, Dani, has said. For me, One (Learn New things), Five (ignore your Fear) and Ten (Take your Time) are the ones most important to me and that I could work on. But I am generally a very outgoing, trusting, and accepting person. Of course everyone can work on being more open in general. I connect with people more or less fine; What I would like to learn is how to be more open with my art…my creativity. Where is the list for that?
But I’m not wholly convinced if there is a “How-To” be more open, and I’m not sure it would even be the same for everyone. Each individual has different things that hold them back from being open. My main hinder is fear. Yes, the F-word. It’s silly but true. Not necessarily fear of the new, but fear of failing and fear of bad decisions. Which again is silly since we all learn and grow from failing and bad decisions.
En fin, I will continue on the path I am on….trying to keep my eyes and creative “feelers” on the alert so that if a great opportunity to be OPEN in my life, or in my art, I will see it for what it is and and challenge it. I think it’s the best any of us can do, is it not?
What do you think folks? Do you have any exercises or suggestions on how to be more “open.” I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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