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Art is a Way to Create my Vision for Life :: by Michelle Shackle

I have always loved art, and it's always been a pretty big part of my life but there was a time when art helped save my life. In high school I became very depressed in the midst of family problems, an abusive boyfriend, school stresses, and a borderline eating disorder. I didn't know how to deal with all these problems and I learned to shut out all emotion. Sometimes not feeling anything is worse than feeling sad. That's when I started cutting in an attempt to feel something, anything. I had to break through the numbness I was living in. Knowing that cutting was bad I tried other things to get my mind off of the negative things around me. That's when I ran to art.

Drawing helped me escape my messed up world and create my own. Art gave me the opportunity to create the things I wanted to see. Since that time art has become a life saver in many ways. When I'm feeling down I get out my sketchbook or grab a canvas and some paints. It has become a way for me to express myself, and a way to communicate my ideas with others. Art is no longer a way for me to feel, it's a way for me to create my vision for life in a way that others may also see.

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