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 Lopez is a Texas Native, born in the heart of San Antonio's West Side Community. Frieda attended Lanier High School and primarily attended Memorial High School where she graduated with the class of 2001. Raised in a blended family dynamic, Ms. Lopez gained her noble character from the women she admired and loved the most, her grandmothers. Frieda attended Alamo Community College where she majored in Liberal Arts primarily studying on biology, sociology, philosophy, psychology, and creative writing and shortly attended University of Incarnate Word. She gained a MBA from AIU and has actively participated in local fashion shows until she moved to Houston returning back August 2019. She began her career in healthcare, where she gained the skill of being able to not only resolve conflicts but reach out and engage in the community through her time serving as health care relations customer care and outreach representative. After being let go from her employer which she last served as a Customer Relations Representative for DentaQuest, she began her journey in retail where she came part of the leadership team a month of working as a part time representative for MarketSource and build a relationship with her local Target team. She later served five years with Amtel T-Mobile as a Store Manger after moving to Houston to pursue a management position with unfortunately ended in adversity which opened the opportunity of writing her first book "Journey of an Unraveled Road" will be releasing her second book a fiction based series titled "The Rideshare Chronicles" with the first book to the installment titled "Destination Destiny."

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