Although we have read many articles about how knitting reduces stress and creates a sense of well-being, this Guardian article by a doctor about how being creative drew her out of her depression and continues to be an important part of her balancing the work in her life, is a personal testimony that speaks to anyone in the medical field. As busy as she is, she makes a little time every day to be creative, whether knitting, writing, or drawing.
The rise in popularity of “paint and sips” makes me think that there are many people who have written off their creative talents– “I can’t draw. I’m not creative.” — but who, in fact, feel a need to create and feel safe in a class where everyone is doing the same painting. The arts at all levels, and our ability to participate in them, define who we are as a society. Let’s celebrate and support them in our communities by attending public performances, classes, art shows, and by making time every day “to knit four rows.”