Colors of Poetry abstract,
by artist Kit Hevron Mahoney
Those are lyrics from a Frank Turner song but they got me thinking. When was the last time I stopped to find the poetry in something or show my soul?
I got instagram a couple of months ago and thought it was going to revolutionise my life as I would constantly be looking for things that I found interesting and beautiful to post. It worked for a few days but now I just instagram cute cupcakes and my fingernails like every other sod on there. At least I don’t have pictures of me on there, that’s what facebook is for, people! But the point is; I took what was meant to be an opportunity for beauty and turned it into something bland and mundane. Damn.
So how are we to put poetry into our lives? I like to think that I have soul and that I am not merely the sum of all my biological components, so how do I show it? Well if your biological side is only concerned with self-preservation then I guess soul is taking risks in spite that they could damage you. So having soul is having the courage to do things. Nelson Mandela has said “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear”. Wise man.
Now, that doesn’t mean that we should all go about doing dangerous things just for the sake of it; that’s foolish not courageous. But having courage to do things is a lot easier said than done. In some respects I am courageous. Moving to Australia was courageous, going to uni was courageous, applying for post grad jobs regardless of location is courageous but in some respects I am a total coward. There are a lot of things I hold back from because I am scared.
I think that to show soul and poetry in my life I need to come out of my comfort zone a little more and take some of those illogical risks that I’ve stopped myself from taking before and I would urge you to do the same! All the opportunities are out there waiting for you to embrace them. Take that job in another country! Forgive that person! Keep that baby! Travel the world! Tell that person you love them! Whatever it is that you are too scared to do but want to.
Good luck to us all.