The Creative Commitment

Last week I read an article on Slate.com by Jessica Olien – Inside the Box: People don’t actually like creativity

To live creatively is a choice. You must make a commitment to your own mind and the possibility that you will not be accepted. You have to let go of satisfying people, often even yourself.

Living a creative life is a commitment. Once we make the announcement that we are writing, painting, inventing, or whatever else our dreams are, our world becomes fodder for the naysayers. These people who say they support us really do everything they can to put up road blocks in our path.  And let’s not forget all the ‘expert’ advice that is now offered.

I’ve found that I resent the words ‘I think you should write about ‘fill in the blank’ or ‘I can do that (implied is the better), but I don’t have the time‘. Really?

Before you think I’m a bitter Betty, consider this is what we are up against:

  • 90% of the people who surround you admire the results of the creative process, but can’t understand why it isn’t instantaneous.
  • Embracing your creativity and committing to it means your ego takes a beating as others point out how you could do things better.
  • People fear what they don’t personally experience.
  • Being unable to label you, can make people uncomfortable and defensive.

Powering through this takes courage and a certain amount of attitude. Let go of your fear, learn your fears and strengths. Creativity isn’t comfortable or cozy. It’s messy, liberating, and really scary. Being creative tantamount to taking a step off a mile high cliff and trying to grow wings on the way down.

While the end result may not be what you expected, you’ll have learned so much during the process.

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