The Season of Creativity

One of the greatest things about living in England is the huge variety that one can expect to experience on a daily basis in the natural world around them. The seasonal changes in this country happen on a grand scale, and a place can take on a completely different character in only a matter of weeks. In fact, a scene can sometimes be unrecognisable from one season to the next. This can be a strange idea for those who live in a more equatorial region, where the weather tends to remain fairly constant throughout the year and the world around doesn’t seem to change in response to seasonal variation.

For me, autumn has always represented a time of reflective thought and a slow movement towards a more introverted state of mind. As the weather grows colder we begin to spend more time indoors and find ourselves beginning new projects. I usually find the inspiration to explore new repertoire in the autumn, as I enjoy being inside the house with my guitar and I have the patience to commit to my studies. In contrast, the summer is a time for me to be outside with friends and family, to explore nature and to travel. Conversely, I have always found the summer months a time of outward thinking, of having new experiences and of finding inspiration to help sustain my creativity throughout the autumn and winter to come.

Sometimes I do join a vast multitude of others who live in England and I wish with all my heart that I lived in a warmer country, a place where I could bask in sunshine all year round! However, as wonderful as this sounds on the surface, I do know that I would miss the flow of the seasons in England, and the way in which I have grown to respond to these changes in my own life. 

With the presence of electric light, central heating and the Internet showing us real-time images from all over the globe, it is becoming increasingly difficult to remember that we are a part of the natural world. Seemingly, as technology advances we are separating ourselves from the natural order of things and manipulating the elements in order to create a constant state for ourselves to live in. As a result, for many the onset of winter becomes a hindrance and there is a general melancholy that arises as a result of the days becoming shorter and colder, and the nights becoming longer and darker.

What I suggest is to use the seasonal changes to your advantage as a creative individual, make the most of the autumn as a time to lay down the plans for your practice over the coming months and use the darkness and solitude of the winter to work on these projects in peace. With this approach, perhaps you will find yourself awakening in the spring of 2015 feeling a sense of renewal and satisfaction and you will be able to embrace the warmer weather and longer days with a welcome sense of achievement.  Thinking about this practically, perhaps choosing three new pieces to learn and memorise would be a good project to begin now, in the autumn, and to enjoy throughout the coming winter months. 

In summary, don’t become frustrated with the autumn and winter, wishing that the weather was warmer and the days were longer! Instead, try to accept these wonderful seasons of creativity for what they are and make the natural seasonal changes work for you. This will undoubtedly take patience and a different perspective to that with which one usually views the seasons, but it will show that you are in harmony with the natural changes that are occurring around you, and just maybe you will feel more positive as a result, which will undoubtedly help when the energy bill finally arrives, as it always does so! 

Michael

Ilkley, October 2014

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