Are you creative?
Creative individuals have a great deal of physical energy AND rest often. Their energy is self-controlled. Not ruled by a calendar. Energetic BUT demonstrating restraint when appropriate.
Lives characterized by playfulness AND discipline. Actively engaged with the world. BUT working tirelessly and persistently until “the work” is completed.
They are comfortable using both divergent AND convergent thinking in tandem. Conceptualizing novel, innovative ideas. BUT discarding the flawed ideas.
They are extroverts AND introverts. Mingling amongst a crowd. BUT standing on the sidelines observing others and the environment when necessary.
Proud AND humbled by their achievements. Knowing their accomplishments are great. BUT also knowing one’s accomplishments are not achieved single handedly or in isolation. Other individuals, luck or divine intervention also played a role.
Exhibiting both masculine AND feminine characteristics— androgynous. Displaying strengths of their gender BUT also those of the opposite gender.
Conservatism AND rebellion play a role in their lives. Honoring the past accomplishments of others. BUT also challenging the traditions of the past when they conflict with a novel, innovative paradigm.
Passion AND objectiveness about their work. Passionately engaged in the creative process BUT objectively assessing their work. Discarding anything that does not meet their standards of excellence or lacks credibility.
Perhaps this is why so many creative individuals perceive themselves as misfits. The ambiguity of their lives is confusing and disconcerting.
But if you embrace this as normal, chains are broken. Freeing you to live a life where there are no impossibilities, only the undiscovered.
Make a careful exploration of who you are, and the work you have been given. Then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.