On day 149 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored admiring art as an act of self-care.
While 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.
It was so bright and so beautiful that it made me smile. How had I never noticed it before. Evidently, it had been there for several months.
It wasn’t graffiti; it was clearly a commissioned piece. 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 another way to 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. Even if it isn’t a local artist, it seems artists need recognition.
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.