I relate to your post. I was an expressive kid involved in the arts and I stopped doing it, too. It cut off a HUGE part of me. I did cut it off because I was afraid of being diminished for doing it and also I didn't want any attention on me so that I could avoid people finding out what secrets were running my life. I wanted to avoid any and all scrutiny so I did only what I needed to in order to avoid prying eyes.

You picking up your art again is inspiring to me and others, which is great. Glad you wrote about it.
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And more, much more, the heart may feel,
Than the pen may write or the lip reveal.
Winthrop Mackworth Praed