Self-Care Challenge (Day 149): Admiring Art

Utility Box ArtWhile waiting at a traffic light, I noticed out of the corner of my eye that the nearby traffic signal box was covered in beautiful artwork.

How had I never noticed it before?

It was so bright and so beautiful that it made me smile. I wondered if I had possibly noticed it before, but simply hadn’t acknowledged it. Evidently it had been there for several months.

It wasn’t graffiti; it was clearly a commissioned piece. Graffiti, a somewhat controversial form of art, is found in many large cities. Some love it; some hate it. In 2014, I attended the Webby Awards, where Bansky was named “Person of the Year.” Instead of accepting the award in person, of course, he submitted this acceptance video. His work is amazing!

Art is such a personal form of expression. It’s yet another way that we can breathe life into our ideas and visions, turning them into something that can be experienced by others. 

It’s one way that we can share ourselves with the world. 

I wanted to get a closer look, so I parked my car and walked over to study the piece in more detail. I saw that the name “Sean Callahan” scrawled on one side; but sadly, a lengthy web search turned up nothing–not a single detail about the artist or the inspiration behind the finished piece. 

It made me wonder why we don’t do a better job of honoring our local artists, praising their beautiful gifts to our communities.

Admiring the handiwork of others is yet another way that I can feel more connected to my community. In a subtle way, it’s also an opportunity to care for myself–expressing gratitude and admiration for the contributions of others. 

 

Stacy Fisher-Gunn
Stacy Fisher-Gunn

I'm a Self-Care Coach, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Author, and Founder of Living Upp. This community is a reflection of my desire to create an inspiring gathering place for people who want to explore self-care and live up to their fullest potential.

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