The Power of the Creative
“The creative process is one of surrender not control.” — Julia Cameron
In a world revolving around material goods, the power of being creative is choking us. Getting a job is no longer just a straightforward handing in your resume. The resume is expected to zoom in on creative aspects of who you are while being a slim page long piece of paper. Uniquely, we have created a misconception of what creativity can do for us.
The creative is defined as the artist, writer, actress, and anything that does not fit the cooperate America as standard jobs. A misconception that we see is that you can not fit both areas. A doctor can not be a creative, and a creative can not be a doctor. Essentially, the blurring of the lines is rare. This divide is similar when it comes to political views, and any structure we have come to see. Why is it everyone must be clinging to one side without straying.
“A kite flies against the wind, not with it.”
― Winston S. Churchill
A myth in our world is that the writer is not capable of making enough money to sustain a living. True that there are thousands of writers, and only a mediocre amount can break triple digits a year. But here is a funny theory- If writers invested their whole heart into the work that they are doing eventually a living could be made. The same can be said to a band, a singer, a designer, and any other creative job that can be found. Upon this myth, a lack of hope has created a lock on the artist. We have been forced to believe that the only way to make money is to hold a standard cooperate American job that can sustain us while doing what we love. A waste of time. If you don’t love what you do. You should not be doing it.
“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing
Swaying on the fence of opposition is rare. We have been taught how to write a solid opinion for or against subjects teaching us that we can only hold one of two opinions. An opposing opinion against someone else. Thus the power of the creative is locked to the creatives and not allowed o flourish in other ways. But a creative person hates to sit idly by and conform the whims of society. In fact, most of us have learned how to blend in with society.
A lawyer who loves art has learned to hide his art behind a false name. A doctor who likes to sing goes out to Karaoke and claims to be bad. We are pressured to believe that creatives hold little power in our day and age.
I’m here to tell you that your assumption is wrong. The creative holds power over everything, We help design the newest innovative cars, we design your television, and we are your police officers who need to keep you safe. Its time we stop seeing opposing views in everything and start understanding you can be both. There is nothing wrong with being both.