Creativity: perfect for my self-expression

April 9, 2024

Photo by Nathaniel B. Gerhart at Pexels

Aishiek Mitra Nandy takes stock of how his hobbies support his wellbeing

For me, my bubble, my safe space is centred around creativity. After getting home from school, rather than going for the tempting monotony of scrolling through TikTok, I opt for my favourite pastime. I lie in bed, queue up my best tracks, until I’m transported into a serene space which inspires me to start editing my photos.

Creativity gives me an outlet to express emotions, bringing a sense of calm. In turn, connecting with a song or image supports me to process my thoughts. It can help me understand why I might feel blue and then, by allowing the feeling to come up, I start to feel different, better.

I believe everyone can benefit from creativity and find ways to incorporate it into their lives. Almost any hobby can act as a sort of journal where you can document your experiences.

You can play different songs that express your current feelings and thoughts, which I find really helps me feel validated and less alone with difficult emotions. Composing your own music or playing an instrument can also bring acceptance and peaceful thoughts.

Alternatively, you can explore creative outlets such as drawing, painting, or photography, much like I do. Engage in anything that resonates with you and feels uniquely yours. It could simply scrawling out words; writing out your heart, mind, and soul.

Taking photos is about uncovering the layers of meaning hidden within each frame

Through creativity, you can become yourself.

As I dig deeper into the world of my photography and editing, I find that the process is not just about capturing images. It’s about uncovering the layers of meaning hidden within each frame, and discovering new ways to express the unsaid essence of any experience.

Sport is also a big part of my life, same for my mate Ehsen, although I know that’s changed for him recently. We had a few years where the pitch was our haven. Kicking a ball with our teammates, friends or even just doing kick ups in our street was a way of focusing and switching off our busy minds.

In other words, when we stepped onto that pitch (usually the grassy part of the garden) and scored a winning goal, in the Champions League Final (smashing my mum’s flowers, leading to us laughing and scuttling back inside to hide in my room for a bit), all our troubles disappeared.

A big boot of the ball, dribbling past the defenders (dad’s tomato plants) and burying the ball in the back of the net (sorry plants!) brought such freedom.

Whatever the game is, just being outside in the fresh air as kids was intoxicating. It just so happened football was the drug we both got addicted to.

Photo by Aishiek Mitra Nandy for Nike

Below are a selection of my photographs; my friends and pictures for sports brands

Aishiek is 16 and studying politics, economics and maths at Woodhouse College. He loves football and aspires to have a career in the sports industry. Aishiek enjoys listening to music to relax. He is a budding and photographer, which has created opportunities for him taking pictures for popular brands. 

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