The Art of Turning Trauma Into Creativity

The Ancient Practice of Artistic Human Expression

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Art has always been the portrayal of a timeline of the history of so many things in the timeline in human existence. From literature to theater and music to portraits and sculptures, all have some creative background stories. Art has always been a way where artists of all types release thoughts, their visions, and in many cases, our emotions. Mostly those that stem from pain and loss. One of the most famous classical composers, Ludwig Van Beethoven, wrote one of the most iconic and influential pieces in Classical Music. Which hearing the piece, you would appreciate the fantasia of keys that strike the piano. However, the story behind this piece is much darker. Which hearing it, you could sense a bit of the melancholy behind the keys for this classic “Moonlight Sonata.”

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So not too much history behind the “Moonlight Sonata” is created in one of the darkest times in Beethoven’s life. As not only did he lose the love of his life due to “systematics” in his time, but he was also on the verge of losing his most prized possession. Which was his hearing. Which in those days, without the help of modern medicine and technology was a death sentence. As back in that day, the average age of life expectancy was the age of late thirties if you were lucky and dependent on what social class you fell into. Which if you think about it, things haven’t changed other than the life expectancy median. Which in our modern day time, it’ safe to say that he embraced the art of YOLO. What I am getting at is this. We all have something. Some worst with much more to lose than others. But what separates those from being victims and survivors is the way you cope with that tragedy, which if you truly stop beating yourself up fr things that are out of your control and channel that trauma and embrace the humanities in dealing with the things we all deal with. Which it’s hard to believe because no one will admit it. But why let it negatively consume you. If it’s going to consume you, then use it at a creative outlet.

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Much modern-day media is also made in the same iconic way. Now I don’t know how true this is or not, but The Naughty Dog game “The Last Of Us” was rumored to have been created by the story writer of the game. Which how valid that is, well as a no-name author, I may never find out. But it’s not far fetched if you ask me. Which using this for almost my entire life, I feel, has kept me sane from all the horrible crap that has happened in my life. Before, I paint, sculpt and even create fashion pieces in my saddest of time, which is why maybe I am so optimistic. While everyone has their outlet, one of the things I began to ponder is why those creative tend to lead happier lives before taking their big break. Which dependent on the artist can turn much more tragic for the artist due to the pressures of not only the job but the media.

Along with everything that comes with fame. But I would imagine that the artist was personally much happier before fame and fortune. Their form of expression was merely a way to escape their reality versus being their reality. Which the first step in achieving true happiness, I feel, is by letting those traumas go and facing reality when they surface.

Many of us (more like us when people become transparent with themselves) have gone through something that has changed the way we see things. When I wrote the first book, there were so many pieces of the puzzle I was missing with myself. Still, when I began to see myself transparently, I realized that I started doing when the creative outlet was becoming work was one crucial thing. That I didn’t start to resolve those issues. That I was crutching on the double edge sword that was victimhood. Which is messy on its own for more than one reason. What I began to realize is that this victimhood was a combination of things, which in all honesty was when my creative block began to rear its ugly head before writing venture. This will be the first blog topic for this month as I wait for the next storyline in “The Rideshare Chronicles” book series to come into play as we prep to release the next book in March 2021. As victimhood, I may be a self-help author and a psychology major, but I don’t know it all. What are your thoughts? To my fellow bloggers, is this spot on in some cases? Do you find yourself feeling at a standstill when you allow the negativity to interfere with your life?

Published by Frieda Lopez at Frieda the Writer

Frieda López is the writer for Journey of an Unraveled Road who was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. Through her professional career in Customer Relations and Retail Management, she has utilized her experience and interactions with the behavioral patterns, which was used to start her personal journey with Journey of A Unraveled Road as her debut novel. She has completed philosophy, psychology, and theology courses at San Antonio College as well as creative writing courses. Frieda López has been a lifelong writer since 2nd grade. A survivor of childhood trauma, childhood abuse, and domestic violence, she wrote this piece, which started this book as her personal journey; works from home in San Antonio, TX.

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