My name is Imran Hussain and I am a lover of the creative arts. I was born and raised in the East End of London. For a long time I spent my life slaving away as an accountant and embracing the idea that I’m not a creative person. I know, how creative can an accountant be, right? I thought this was just me and the way I have always been.
Then the pandemic struck; like a lot of people I reassessed everything about my life. I asked myself a simple question, how do I know I’m not creative?
I didn’t have an answer. So I started to keep a journal to explore my creativity. At first it was really boring, and I mean REALLY BOOORRRING! All I wrote were facts about what I did during the day. I got up at this time, I had toast for breakfast, I went to work, I came back from work, I went to sleep at this time. This went on for about a year.
I’m not sure why, but something switched in me and I started writing about my thoughts and feelings on certain topics. This led to me exploring myself more and more. I wrote about anything and everything about my life, people, things I’ve done, and what I felt. Bit by bit this became a interesting piece of self exploration, where I learnt so much about myself.
I slowly realised that writing is my therapy. I don’t discuss my emotions with anyone in life, but when I write them down, it’s a relief. I then started to think about what else I can write, so I started writing short stories and poetry after going on a courses at my local library.
I then said to myself, if I can be creative in these areas, what else can I do. I was dabbling in a bit of Improv at the time, and I was weighing up the idea of doing a course in improv. I made the decision to go for it. This course had a showcase at the end of it in front of 53 people.
To my shock people were really impressed with my performance. This got me thinking more and more about my creativity and I slowly started to redefine myself from uncreative to creative. I have since tried out, acting, clowning, singing, mime, and stand-up comedy. I am better at somethings than others, but the key theme has been I have tried activities that before the pandemic I wouldn’t have dreamed of.
I decided to set-up this blog to keep a track of my writing and share factual stories from my life, and some made-up stories for fun. I hope it entertains people whilst helping me keep a disciplined writing habit.