Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Dependent Artist

Artistic and creative types often need the energy that is found in having a supportive network. The ability of talking about creativity, thinking out new ideas, and getting supportive or challenging feedback is often crucial to the process of the artist.  There are those who like to get energized and then go off into isolation to actually create; rather like putting gas in a tank and driving off to see the sights alone. Once the "tank" or the creative well is low or empty there is a need to "re-connect". 
Creative types can be a bit of challenge in a work force or in relationships.  They tend to march to a different drummer, they are innovatively messy, and sometimes have problems paying attention to a job or a person.
Understanding who you are as a creative person and then helping others close to you understand can be a hurdle.  Isolation to create may be seen as a non-desire to spend time with a significant other.  There can be feelings of guilt raised as an attempt is made to balance the two activities. 
Some people who are involved in artistic activities are more left brained in their approach. They can schedule time and plan their activities to fit that schedule.   They balance time, jobs, relationships and other occupations with ease.
Finding out who you are as a creative individual means then finding a working plan for your own relationships, demands, and necessary activities.  Invite those close to you to be part of the time but do not be bothered if they decide to do something else. Any good friendships or relationships will always benefit from times together and from times apart. That is the balance and as long as the importance of the relationships are clearly shown, most can come to terms with the odd quirks of living with or knowing a creative individual.

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