23rd Jan 2022 Dr Beena
Hello everyone, wherever you may be, I hope all are fine😊. The weather in Kuching was pretty dismal, with a stretch of rainy days with grey skies ☹. But it is nothing like what happened in Tonga☹☹. Tonga is a laid back and idyllic place. However, the recent images were frightening.
Mr Nandakumar sent me his watercolour painting of a street corner with a surprising twist out of the blue. He said he accidentally spilt water over his art and salvaged it. It is a corner street, depicting a double-decker bus, a cyclist and a lady carrying an umbrella. Using monochrome grey, I feel that it might be a rainy day. The cyclist is rushing off on his errand. The lady, too, maybe wanting to get to work or home. The people in the double-decker bus may be enjoying the ride protected from the rain. Nevertheless, life still carries on, rain or shine, whatever the weather may be😊.
I liked this painting because, despite the accident, Mr Nandakumar did not trash it. Instead, he was creative about it. Today, I happened to read an article about healthy ageing and creativity. Besides diet, exercise, and regular health checkups, another aspect that helps is creativity. One can be creative in many ways. One can use one’s skill to: write children stories, do illustrations or do carpentry. One can learn a new language or teach younger people about coping skills. The list is endless. Being engaged in some form of novel activity that is creative helps our health.
I hope this message will help you reflect on creativity. Till the next musing, rain or shine, creativity thrives😊.