It has been a couple months now since I began this online space to post creative work. I spent a good amount of time before beginning this collection to try and put a name/core theme that would encompass not only my hobbies, but also the small tidbits of knowledge that this life and hobbies have taught me. Eventually, I settled on a theme that has more or less been a motto for me during this short amount of time that I have been scooting on this rock. Ever since I was young, the idea of an adventure was a fueling part of imagination. This has grown throughout my life and there are few things that I enjoy more than a solid adventure and the memories and stories created in the process. So, “Search for Adventure” was born!

Someone might see “Search for Adventure” and say “joe. you have some swanky pictures of a few adventures and shenanigans, but most of your recent posts have been about art.” I would respond with two things, first, “Thank you for being one of the 6 people who look at my page” and then second “Kindly eat my shorts.” For real though, I think that art has an important part to play within the mantra. Adventure, to me, isn’t only about physical activities (body) that you try out in order to experience this life more fully, but also should include experiences of the mind and soul.

Art comes into play in the mind and soul category. Taking the time to experience or create something artistic can actually impact how we interact with the world in the sense of body. Just check out this snip from the article below which I highly recommend reading, “There is an increasing amount of scientific evidence that proves art enhances brain function. It has an impact on brain wave patterns and emotions, the nervous system, and can actually raise serotonin levels. Art can change a person’s outlook and the way they experience the world.” (Phillips, 2019). The little things in life that you had never noticed before that come into view with a new perspective fits perfectly into the adventure puzzle. Plus, it doesn’t have to be a seafaring voyage to be a worthy adventure. We can’t forget that the everyday is a part of a larger voyage we are on. The destination of our stories is known, but as Jason Mamoa said “We may dream of a destination, but the real reward is the journey.” The beauty of art and the task of staying a minute to enjoy it has helped me to fully immerse myself in this journey. This is my personal account on Art’s Position in the Search for Adventure.

 

Keep on that search,

joe.

 

Article by Renee Phillips:

https://www.healing-power-of-art.org/art-and-the-brain/#:~:text=There%20is%20an%20increasing%20amount,can%20actually%20raise%20serotonin%20levels