NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA
Vida Cropas says she is a survivor, unpublished writer, and student - in every sense - who lives with her family and pets in a kind and tranquil setting.
What does creativity mean to you?
Creativity is a choice, a process, a lifestyle...
What is your creative passion? How do you approach it?
Creativity can be applied in all areas of life. It simply means granting one's mind permission to expand, to explore, and to express itself...
Describe the feeling you have when heavily into a creative activity you love?
These feelings manifest themselves in different ways depending on life's circumstances and how well one's creative muses are communicating...
Sometimes they are revealed as quiet frustrations, like a nagging element seeking to join the world (e.g. what is the right word or colour??!)... Feelings as vague and cloudy as some entity trapped or lost somewhere in the ether of imagination seeking to reveal itself yet unable to get through...
At other times, it is a joyful surrender that allows greater forces to flow...It is communicating with the greater self that knows God and understands His works...
What does the creative process do to, or for, you?
No matter what form it takes, or what feelings emerge, it always reveals an aspect of self that was previously hidden; it usually comes as a surprise, then as a deeper understanding of self and others.
How have you fulfilled your own creative urges?
By little songs or poems that I make up on the way to work, through adding a little imagination and memory aids to my son's homework in the evenings when I get home (e.g. when learning time tables, why aren't children taught the law of 9?) by adding a little nutmeg while frying my ground beef simply because it might taste good, by reading a wide variety of books, then applying that knowledge to my own work and experience.
What do you do to satisfy your soul?
Aside of living creatively, I enjoy gardening, walking along the sea shore, and spending time with my horses; these things satisfy my soul.
Who has inspired you in your life to achieve your potential? How?
"Necessity is the mother of all invention" - and creation!... Does one ever achieve hi/her full potential?
Do you have an interesting story to tell about what you do and how you got to it? Share it here. Why do you love it?
The story of my life is very complex and filled with a wide variety of very colourful characters...
When born into a life that seems as unreal and twisted as any "soap," it only seems natural to write about it in order to grasp reality, tame the beast, defeat one's demons, forgive the perpetrators, and explain it all...
So it all started out as research to try to grasp, in a fair and unbiased way, the many psychological disorders of the people who sought to destroy me, yet underestimated the tenacious little soul that they were dealing with... Why do I love it?
I simply love life, the unlimited mysterious aspects of body mind and spirit, and the quest for knowledge... I love being on the road to get there.