I started to work on this earlier this morning, but preparations for Thanksgiving got in the way. Trying to cook and make sure things were set up so that we could gather safely took precedence. Now, after everything is said and done, leftovers put away and my son happily napping. I can focus. Or do the more fun thing and fall down that rabbit hole into exploring expression.
Dictionary.com has fourteen definitions for expression: https://www.dictionary.com/browse/expression
Wikipedia has it broken down into and explaining various forms:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expression
positivepsycology.com says: This is an intuitive definition—self-expression is, at its core, the action of expressing yourself, and it can take a wide variety of forms. You can use your words, your facial expressions, your body, your movements, clothing, actions, and possessions to express your authentic inner self.
One of my favorite sarcastic comments of the moment is “I’m sorry, did I roll my eyes out loud?” How easily we can express who we are and how we feel, should we dare.
There is a certain female singer/songwriter who writes songs about her failed relationships. There have been singers who can take the simple lyrics of a love song and have you believing every word.
Musicians who are one with their instruments, can express powerful emotions through the notes by the way they are played.
Dancing, through its various types, express beauty, grace, elegance as well as power, strength, anger.
Music and dance as well as words, have been used since time began to express the desires of those performing. Whether it was a dance seeking providence in hunting, a celebration of a successful venture, or any of the myriad other reasons why one would do this. It was and is an important expression of faith in the one in which they were communicating. Even today, a sudden flash mob can create a variety of emotions through song and dance.
Through speaking, or through body language, we get out feelings known. We have so many ways to express our feelings, our thoughts, our hope. Simply tone of voice can convey as much as words used.
A visual artist, whether they are painter, sculptor, of user of any of the mediums available to create. Each through color choice, or design of creation can convey emotion. Each can cause the viewer to consider what the artist was trying to say. What emotions were they attempting to evoke?
A photographer, also a visual artist, in using light and shadows, color or black and white, the choice of subject matter and how it is positioned, each create an emotion. Each are expressing what the photographer was feeling and seeing at that moment in time.
One of the most fun was of expression, would have to be how we decorate our home, car, or ourselves. Our choices of furniture, color schemes, what is or isn’t on the wall, all says something about us. It tells our tastes and our sense of imagination and whimsy or our sense of elegant decor. Is the lawn a wide expanse of green grass, one filled with flowers, or one that seriously needs a gardener to try and bring back the dead?
For ourselves, the clothing we choose, the length and color of hair. Do we choose to pierce or not? Same with tattoos, none, one or a body covered? What do we seek to present? There are so many ways in which we can express ourselves. So many ways to share who we are and who we seek to be.
My favorite, the one in which I am thankful for, is writing. Through writing, I can better say what is on my mind and heart. It gives me the opportunity to think of what I am trying to say and hopefully have understood. Do I self edit and self censor? Yes. I often do because I try to get a certain idea across and I want to use the best words possible.
It is true, that not everyone is going to understand what one is trying to express. A person could look at a painting seven ways from Sunday and still not comprehend what the artist was expressing. An individual may not appreciate one form of music, therefore they can’t fully appreciate the artist’s expression. It drives my mechanic son crazy when someone brings in a car that has those huge eyelash things over the headlights. And each generation has their own style of dress. How do I wish to express myself? Through my writing, through my photography, and to be whoever I seek to be through my dress, actions and words.
What about you? What expression are you using to show the world who you are and what you feel?