(July 17, 2008)

A couple of days ago I visited a blogging pal in hospital. I had for a long time been wanting her to play the piano for me – because I love piano music and because I heard her play one of her songs before and it was beautiful. Original. Soulful.

She couldn’t imagine why I would want her to play for me – doesn’t think her music is that good. But I wanted to hear what would come out of her, knowing the creative mood she’s in, knowing that she plays from the heart. Her very own music, not music written by others.

She is self-conscious about playing, so we turned the lights off and she played in the dark. She didn’t play anything she had spent time composing, but whatever came to her and it was beautiful. She is an excellent pianist and a very creative composer. Her playing did something for me. It made me feel like I needed to do something creative too. Haven’t done that for so long!

One advantage to being bipolar is that this disorder and the strong moods that come with it often make us very creative people. This is particularly true for my friend right now. She’s trying her hand at painting, eager to learn about mixing colors. She’s keeping a collage journal. And she’s writing. She has such a lot to get out right now – such a lot of feelings to give expression to!

Those of us who know her – in real life and from her blog – need to pray that she will find stability so her life won’t be so difficult. We need to pray that her doctor will find an answer for her.

She asked me to post one of the watercolors I’ve done. I may have posted this before, but it was a long time ago. I don’t think any of you will remember. This is a Dutch street scene, taken from a painting my dad did years ago. It’s different from his in that I drew it first with India ink, then used watercolours.