“Creative” people are more likely to be mentally ill, so says a Swedish study of more than 1 million people that was published last year.
I’m thinking that type of blanket statement is taking things too far, but I do believe creative people have to be a little crazy. I love how this article said, “Hooray for being a writer, no wonder we hate rejection!”
Does talent increase as instability increases? Is our creative outlet really a release so we don’t completely “lose it?” Hmmmm, I wonder.
It’s a dangerous thing to romanticize mental illness. But then again, what is normal? And is there such a thing as 100% mental health? No… not possible.
Aren’t we all artists, deep down? You, the person that doesn’t understand the need to write, dance, sing, paint, photograph, and capture life? You, indeed, are an artist too.
Each day, you are given an open canvas in which to write. Some choose to do it in a public forum, while others blog behind the locked doors of their mind. To each their own.
At the end of the day, we are all the same. Human beings, desperately searching for our purpose and niche in life.
Do what you enjoy and don’t let anyone put a damper on it! If people don’t understand your need to write, sing, take pictures, sew, decorate cakes, or process life in your own way, so be it.
Keep right on doing it anyway. Day, after day.
Creativity is a beautiful gift and I’m thankful it is a gift that keeps on giving back to me.
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