Audra Krell

On Purpose

New: Why I Create

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I just returned from three weeks by the sea. Three weeks of relaxing like I haven’t since I was a child. Three weeks of minimal technology. It wasn’t announced or predicted. It just happened.

Sometimes in the path of social media, my thoughts are contained in a straight and narrow box. I have to busy my mind with trending topics, garnering invites to Google, forcing this square peg into new “circles” and keeping my thoughts to 140 characters. Unless I want others to share my thoughts, then I have to somehow keep them to 125 characters.

But a funny thing happens when your face isn’t updated every half hour in an electronic book and when you listen for live birds tweeting as they freely fly by.

Other thoughts have their way, and they simply come.

I’ve thought a lot about why I create, namely why I write. So I’m doing a series on the why behind the artist.

I write so people will abandon cultural beliefs, which carves out an honest space for simple truth and good living.

Why do you do what you do?

 

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6 thoughts on “New: Why I Create

  1. I write so I never lose the ability to see beauty in people and the world around me. In today’s world its so easy to lose sight of what really matters in life. Writing helps me (and hopefully others) hold onto all that is good. 🙂

  2. Audra: cultural belief is first-mind/unconscious thought, some of which is hardwired at an early age, I think. Love is supression of the murder impulse, certainly a major, but perhaps not the most powerful, component of first-mind. Art can help people understand and overcome their most violent impulses (tho not easily)…. RT

    • From birth, the media floods us with cultural messages disguised as truth. Art and creativity can go a long way, as you said, to help people overcome inappropriate impulses. Thank you for stopping by.

  3. Audra,
    You time by the sea sounds wonderful (the *tweeting* of real birds!)…

    I write to take the thoughts that live in my heart and give them life. For me, this has been a wonderful way to express these thoughts. Along the way, knowing that these words also connect with others – this also brings so much personal meaning into my life…

  4. Hi Lance,
    I love reading the “why” of why you do what you do. Creation brings so much meaning to our lives. It’s one reason we must fight for all the arts to stay in our schools. Thanks for being here!

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