What is this scorching need we have inside our minds and how does it allow us to be creative or not creative?
If the urgency isn’t there what’s to drive creativity to fulfillment?
Artisans of all types (writers, painters, dancers, musicians or fill-in-the-blank) have a biological component inside them making it impossible to NOT create. It must be innate. Why else do we keep doing, keep going, keep struggling in the face of terrible odds or criticism of something that came from our souls?
I believe ninety percent if not all people have this desire inside - this ingrained compulsion to take what's in front of us, what’s in our minds and make what some might think is impossible or not important.
There are those who ignore the call. Maybe it's so tiny in them they can’t or refuse to see it. Perhaps it wasn’t nurtured. Maybe they are too scared of getting burned. I know I was and I was dissatisfied with my life. I wasn’t depressed. I had love and gave love. I loved being with my loved ones but…
There was a but. The flames licked at my core and my stomach churned. I turned to hobbies to ease the ache.
And this worked for a long time. Years.
For those who haven’t felt the passion, for those who look at your oddly and wonder why you do what you do, they don’t understand this internal need and desire that has to come out in some form. The mechanism to understanding the demand hasn’t yet found them or become realized.
It is there. Somewhere. Buried deep within their psyche.
So when this passion comes to the surface it can be difficult to deal with. A lot of the time it overwhelms. It wants to take us away from the comfort of our lives. This causes many to give up. To quit and go back to how life “should be”. It causes us to turn to hobbies as an outlet - something to appease the ache and then we can be normal around everyone else.
When I recognized what that flame really was - my burning desire to write, to story tell - life has never been the same. Days appear that stack up every obstacle I can think of creating an unbearable pressure to…
But when I do the pang is still there. I want to get back to the fire. It's all I think about.
Once the blaze of creativity is experienced there is no going back.
Keep going. Embrace the burn and I’ll do the same.
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