Why do I create?

I am a greyscale version of myself when I cannot create. I am called to create because when I do not, I feel less whole.

I can create images to describe the dreams of my friends, family, and myself.  I create bright images to lift the darkness of grief. Sometimes I create images because I can't find words that would detail the darkest places in my mind.

I create to see the joy in my community; I create because it delights me. Creating is my expression of hope: I want to make images and ideas that will outlive me.  I want to take a tiny piece of my soul - a prayer whispered without words - and I want to send it out into the world to speak for me.