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The Creativity Drive

As long as I have lived, I think that I have always been a little different-no better-no worse! My first and only job placement test reported that my occupation talent was best suited to be a puppeteer. Unless I could have met the rare success of Edgar Bergen, Jeff Dunham, or Terry Fator, I don’t think that my future with puppets had huge upside.

I don’t know where Parkinson’s disease began and where it ends, but it may play some role in my love of art, photography, drawing, and writing. My drive to create is a passion, not an obsession. I wouldn’t consider myself prolific, but diligent.

Capturing a moment in time

Expression through creative elements, be it music, on paper, clay, or movement is cathartic. Whether others see it or not, the sense of accomplishment is still there. I don’t know how much of this drive relates to any neurological imbalance but, I do know that putting thoughts, feelings, and creations on paper only grows stronger, the older that I get.

I have always loved the art of photography and capturing a moment in time. Photos tell a story that go beyond verbal, and often, even written description. The photos that I have amassed bring back a fond history that I sometimes had not thought about for years.

Written expression

My love of words has gone on since I was in 2nd grade. I still have my first published poem that was in my school newsletter. My love of words was only perpetuated with weekly class spelling bees, which I rarely won, but truly enjoyed. Words are the building blocks of written expression. There is something special about connecting with the reader and sharing experiences that may help others. I have been fortunate to connect with readers all over the world through my blog, my books, and lectures. My joy for expressing myself and telling my story has not only been healthy for me but been a mission to make a difference and to help at least one person.

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  • Shaby1358
    2 years ago

    I, too, have always been creative in some way or another. As a second grader, lettering fascinated me. I dabbled at oil painting for a long while. Teaching Spanish gave me a creative outlet because I was able to involve all kinds of creative writing and visuals with my students. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s four years ago, and then retired from teaching after 31 years. As I was pondering what to do with my time, I came across zentangles while searching for different topics on Pinterest. Something clicked and, BANG!, I’ve been doodling for the past three years. I don’t know if it is the PD or not, but the need to doodle is all consuming. I lose all sense of time, forgetting everything else. Thank the Lord I have husband that helps me keep it all in perspective. I’ve published two calendars (working on a third for 2018) to raise funds for two entities that help people with PD (Southwest Parkinson’s Society and Sun City Parkinson’s Foundation). One of my “doodles’ was featured in this year’s Parkinson’s Disease Foundation calendar (June). So, my question is, is it PD or the PD medications that drive that creativity or is it something else?

  • Shaby1358
    2 years ago
  • Karl R moderator author
    2 years ago

    Hi Shaby1358,

    Thanks for your question! I am not sure where the surge of inspiration and creativity come from. I suspect some may be driven by meds (agonists such as Requip and Mirapex can cause compulsive behavior but I haven’t seen anything attributing to the root cause for increased creativity.) As long as I enjoy the process of creating the work, I consider the doing creative work a great outlet, very enjoyable, and rewarding. I find it to be an enjoyable bi-product of PD, so to speak.I too love to doodle!

  • dlyons31
    2 years ago

    Since my diagnosis, I have had the creative aspect of my being almost consume me at times: painting, woodworking, drawing, writing, objet d’art of all kinds from all materials. It is a passion for me to create something that moves someone else, My wife would say it is an obsession.

  • Chris H. moderator
    2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing that, dlyons31! Those are all very worthy passions to pursue! We’d love to hear more about the different projects you’ve worked on and the impact it’s had on your life with PD. If you’re feeling up to it, you can submit your story for a chance to be featured on our website! Here’s the link: Glad to have you in the community! – Chris, Team Member

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