Being a writer in this age and stage of life is hard, especially when writing is not considered ‘serious business.’ On most occasions, the fields of arts and humanities have always been overshadowed by the construed important professions such as the ones that deal with numbers or Law or Business. It’s quite hard for some of those in the “big league” to accede to the fact that studying Arts takes up more than one’s share of brain power. Creativity is something that we’ve always wanted to flow, and never to ebb, but we’re not in a fairytale, and at some point our creative juices start running dry. It’s at these times that one finds challenged, incapacitated even to write further. When one’s writing is troubled is when one tends to look for inspiration- and where better than to look at than nature? Writers, poets, painters, and philosophers have all looked to nature to gain their share of energy (the Chinese call this “Chi”) from the world around them- whether it is a withering leaf or a mammoth from the ice age. I personally believe that Scientists are agents of nature, peeling its aura and discovering its subtle, yet magnificent abundance.
Humanities as a discipline makes the world a better place. The study of humanities and its different sub-sects is what has made us all what we are today- humans, erring or not. The very source from which we derive our roots and traditions, have all at one point been derived from nature, and what we could accept of her.
Times have changed, but our basic structural mechanism has not, and this is why it’s good to embrace the colourful yet quiet side to you. When you study something that’s very artsy, it calms you, humbles even. In my limited experience, I’ve somehow come to understand that mastering numbers and complex quotations somehow doesn’t do that to you. I tried learning languages, painting, visiting art interpretation sessions, but somehow, nothing soothes me better than a good book. When you’re composed, the world is nothing but a jigsaw puzzle, and fitting the pieces is actually not that hard. Besides, you learn so much that conversations are easy and smooth. So, do something that gets you in touch with the more humane side to you. Embrace humanities, and celebrate life.