I visited my therapist yesterday after some time away. I wanted to talk about all the stress of being in school and working and so on. In addition to being a "listen to people complain about stress" therapist, she is also an art therapist and an artist. She specializes in aerial landscapes. That's why I like her--she understands what creativity means.
I mentioned yesterday that over the past few months I have almost completely stopped taking photographs, other than the occasional iPhone photograph. I'm not happy about that, but I just don't seem to have the time. She talked about how important it was to exercise the creative muscle. She suggested that I schedule 15 minutes a day to do something creative. We talked about some possible projects, and I mentioned that on the way to see her, I had driven past a field near my house with an empty chair standing in the middle of it. I told her that as I passed by, I thought about taking a picture of the chair in the field. I like taking pictures of chairs in empty places. I have quite a few of them.
As we came to the end of the session, she paused, then told me that she has been telling all her clients that she needs to take some time off for a medical issue. She didn't say what it was, but from how she described the time she would need off, it sounds like she might have cancer.
She asked if I needed a referral to another provider, and I told her I didn't. Then, she suggested that maybe I could use the time we normally meet to do something creative--maybe make a photo project around chairs. We both immediately liked the idea, and I told her I would.
She invited me to send them to her so she could see them, and I got her email. A project with a purpose.
After the session I went home and got my camera. I headed out to the field and became creative again. I just sent her the first in a series.