Feeling a bit profound and introspective today, I guess.
You've got a point there. Look at all the high-profile addicts with mental disorders on some of these reality shows. Many of these people have no discernible talents, they're just famous for being famous. What's that you say? Kim Kardashian recorded an album? I stand by my statement that many of these people have no talent. (ie, it's garbage.)Dara England said:I dunno, I tend to think we're no more prone to alcoholism, depression etc than the average person. I mean, we associate those things with famous poets and artists but maybe they'd have suffered those things even if they hadn't had a creative bone in their bodies. We just don't hear of so many ordinary people with these problems because no one talks about non-creative/non-famous people.
What comes out when I write generally has a dark, sinister edge, regardless of the genre.PJJones said:When I'm unhappy, I write sappy poetry. When I'm feeling like a bi**h, I write parody. Actually, I wrote Romance Novel when I was seriously ill. REALLY ill and for the longest time, the doctors couldn't figure out why my health was declining. I was so tired and in so much pain, I used laughter as my medicine.
That's interesting. I definitely can't write without routine and stability. When something disrupts my routine, I can't accomplish anything until the issue is resolved. And I'm not immensely unhappy, but I do think I write better when I'm slightly depressed. It's actually cathartic, writing is, and I always feel better after churning out a few pages.Dawn McCullough White said:Sure, I think creative people can be happy. I'm fairly happy. I have a good life nowadays. When I was younger, before I was married to a good man and had a son to consider, I was self-destructive. Being self-destructive actually really hindered my writing. It took all of my energy and focused it on negative things.
I've always felt that being in a stable living situation has made it much easier for me to be in a boring, daily routine which helps me write.
I think that sums it up very accurately, at least for me. It's all about needing an outlet. I do think I'm a happy person overall, but I do frequently need to exorcise my demons.JeanneM said:I've always felt that we have this creativity that swells up inside of us. It needs a release, and if it doesn't get one, depression and other problems set in. Once we release it, as in publishing our book, finishing our paintings etc. we become happy. But....
We only have a short time of happiness before the creative juices start welling up again looking for an outlet. So the happiness is short lived and only comes in small spurts.
But maybe it is just me. LOL
That's very interesting. I can totally relate to that, doesn't sound crazy at all. I think everybody soaks up the negativity of those around them, those who will always find something to complain about in every situation. For example, at work, occasionally, they'll have a catered lunch for everybody, from Outback or someplace like that. There's always a few people that are like, "Don't they have anything more well done? This baked potato has too much sea salt on the skin, ewwww, it's too salty. Why didn't they get the kind of pop I like? Wahhhh." Lol. If it's pizza, then it's from a place they just happen not to like, or there isn't one with pineapple and Canadian bacon, or, there is one, but they don't like that and they don't understand why someone would want it. I think the trick is to turn all that negative energy into something positive, at least for me. That's what I try to do, anyway. I don't always succeed.Carmellitas_pen_has_power said:I'm happy. I believe happiness is a state of being and not so much a feeling. You either choose to be happy or not. I think it takes more effort to be miserable.
However, I will say this, artists, creative people, writers and the like tend to be somewhat empathic. I mean we take on the feelings of others quite often and when we get around sad people it makes us sad. If we are around conflict, we feel conflicted. Most creative people have to learn how to protect themselves in someway from all the energy we pick up on in a given day. And we do that by allowing ourselves to be an observer rather than taking on the experience ourselves.
I remember I had a friend who called me everyday telling me about her day at the office and it was two women their picking on her everyday. I had imagined what these women looked like, what they wore, the car they drive, and what their voices must have sound like. Every day I was mad right with her when she told me her woes. I wanted to kick these women's bootaaay (trying to refrain from profanity) Then, I noticed the more and more I listened to her, the worst I felt the rest of the day. Not to mention, it seemed everyone was bringing me drama.
I call this feeding off drama. Once we decide we don't want to be drama vampires anymore (I know some may think this is cooky or a wee-bit crazy, but I don't care), then we can be more objective. We can observe without experiencing. But to observe objectively, we have to be in the present moment.
In other words, we can write the drama without living it. And we must allow ourselves to be in the present moment without worry about the future.