The Creative’s Purpose
Why I continue to create.
“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before. Creation brings satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take organized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty.”-Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Do you feel the pressure to produce yet? It’s January, the month of looking back and seeing progress or lack thereof. The whole new beginning thing can feel overwhelming at this time of year.
As creatives we either feel the need to hit the ground running, producing as much as humanly possible or ruminate over past failures.
It only takes one article railing against working for peanuts to take you down the rabbit hole, devouring more of the same content. Which saps your energy to produce.
The more I do things that I want to do the less outside validation matters to me. Sure, we will stumble upon well-meaning advice telling us how we should pursue our endeavors. The problem is that sometimes we become so enraptured with the opinions from the outside that we forget our why.
We become burned out when we try to follow the timeline and pace of others. Create when you want to at the speed you feel comfortable with. There is no guarantee that churning out content at the rate others have done so will help you reap the same rewards. So, do you.
The beauty of writing is that it belongs to you. You can write about whatever you want whenever you want. You are totally in control of your writing career. You can pursue it however you want to. Traditional publishing, self-publishing, blogging, journaling, etc. You decide.
Rejection is a part of the journey. There is no way around it. What makes the rejection worth it to me is the satisfaction of a completed piece of work. Nothing compares to that for me.
For me, the pleasure is in producing content that I enjoy. If others happen to enjoy it as well then that’s just icing on the cake.
Of course, we all want success with whatever we choose to pursue in life. We want to be adequately compensated for the work we create which is understandable. Creatives have to eat too. As a creative, we might have to look for other means to support our basic needs.
If creating fulfills you then continue to do so. You may have to squeeze in time between your bill-paying gig and your responsibilities but don’t give up. I create because I enjoy it.
I suspect you continue to create because you find joy in creating. Use your vessel of creativity to continue to bring a little more color into the world. As creatives, our purpose is to create and to share.
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