Apr 132014
 

Of course it is helpful to exercise creativity while homeless; It constitutes part of maintaining the best part of your activities, it encourages self-inquiry and  simply free one internally from the hum-drum, cold existence4 that can predominate when you are living in a shelter, a car, or in the woods, whatever. When “do-gooders” come in from outside to share THEIR creativity, that’s fine, but nearly as helpful, in my opinion. An open mic for residents of a shelter or rehab center is a much better idea. A homeless person can even produce a saleable work of art. I continued to publish my haiku journal when homeless, and even delivered a talk at a haiku symposium at Smith College while in the rehab center. So don’t abandon your creative work while homeless. It is important to maintain your self-esteem and over mental health.

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