LOST IN PLACE! The emotional side of being an Artist
Lost in Place! That just about describes how I feel right now. And it describes how many Artists feel from time to time. You're here but you're not. Art and Creativity bring with it a certain sensitivity and emotional package. After all, to be able to bring the things you imagine to life there's a toll. We pay for the privilege with passion, emotion, sometimes even tears and intense drain on the energy. In reality everyone who exists pays some sort of toll in life, be it good or bad or a mix of both.
I always talk about the differences between Artists and Non Artists and that's because there is a difference. Some may not choose to agree with that but it's ok. I'm living proof that being an Artist has it's price. So are you.
So how do you pay? How do you handle the emotion that comes with wanting, no, needing to do what you love and live for. What your heart craves. What you think about from sun up til sun up. Because many of us rarely sleep a full sleep. How do you handle trying to maintain that state when the business of living gets all tangled up in your creative energy? I've been told, one day at a time. Yeah right! Sounds good, but how exactly does that work? How does it work when you are a person that spends every minute dreaming, creating, trying to understand, to survive in the 'normal' world? Good questions huh?
I've been lost in place for many years. Always hanging on because I believe. I dream and I believe. I feel it, and even see the light at the end of the tunnel. Getting there is the thing. Every once in a while my Creative Spirit takes a hit, more like a blow, and I lose my way. I can't make Art, can't give my creative best. But I float around in place grasping for that creative straw.
Now I'm going to say this, I've seen it happen. I've seen many people realize their dreams. And I know it can be done. I haven't exactly done it yet, but I know it can be done. I'm so close. And so are you!
Create a circle. Step inside it. Only allow good energy, creative spirits and loving supporters inside. Do all of your creating there. Network with others who dream and create. Share your energy with people who appreciate it. When it comes to the business of living, step outside that circle and handle it. But don't let it cross that line. By the business of living I mean the stuff we absolutely have to do to stay alive. So many Artists get so wound up in the Dream that they forget to take care of themselves. Been there, done that, do it all the time.
Be good to yourself and if you feel 'Lost in Place' remember, there are so many of us out there, just like you. Go Out. Reach Out. Cry Out. Scream Out! Oh and for petes sake, get a Journal! You've got to give all of that creative stuff some where to go.
This message has been brought to you by my inner child, my inner Artist and my Out Loud Voice! :-)
You can always talk to me! :-)