This is an open letter to all of you who have struggled, who have felt like your voices haven’t been heard, that what you do isn’t of any importance or that nobody cares.
While i am a bit lack luster in life experience i do have a few things to share with my lovely readers and my fellow creatives. There is something to be said about being passionate about making something out of nothing, it’s appealing to make something your very own, something that is purely yours.
Some of you may have noticed that there has been a complete lack of activity on my blog lately, the reason being is that i was diagnosed with depression, which considering my chronic disease isn’t all that surprising.
I want to share these thoughts with you because i know that in this world there are people who just like me, get caught up in the angst that life can sometimes bestow on us, furthermore losing sight of the things that bring us joy, that bring us a sense of peace, a place that feels safe; like home if you will.
There is no shame in seeking help, or trying medication to ease the burden of your feelings. It’s a universal goal to achieve happiness. Some may define this as being successful. But what is success?
Some define it with having a family, a stable bank account, a job, a certain amount of likes or subscribers. I’ve always thought that being successful was being happy. I guess that’s where the lines of my personal definition of it are blurred.
For a long time i thought that in order to be considered an “artist” i needed to attend formal training in order to get the necessary skills. This IMHO is not feasible. Attending formal training paralyzed me creatively, with the negative rantings of a bitter mentor i found myself not enjoying the play or the process. I found it to be a chore. Now this for me was a rotten time. Being creative has been my therapy, my friend and something that has always been stable through out my life.
I refrain from using the term “Artist” now. Instead i feel that “fully fledged creative” suits myself better. The attraction to being creative does not solely rely on a canvas, it can be with anything, it does not necessarily involve paint, it could be writing, drama, dancing, accounting, literally anything. We are all creatives, some of us are guarded about that but it’s in each and every single one of us.
My idea of success is being content & creative.
I’m sure that there are many others out there who agree with the same sentiment. Not everything you do is going to be a flawless master piece. You are going to make mistakes, and may i suggest that instead of trying to cover them up, make them work for you. Creativity allows you to have that control. You make what you can of it, and if you don’t like it you can turn the page and start all over.
For those of you who haven’t been supported or feel like you have nobody, you will always have that special, unique way of doing your creative things your way. Regardless of what life throws at you, your rough beginnings or whatever is happening to you right now. You will always be able to control and create whatever you please. Express yourself and allow that to define you, not your past or other peoples opinions. Which is much easier said than done.
It is much easier to label yourself according to your profession, family, religion. But the true definition is what you think of yourself. I was asked several weeks ago to describe myself – I didn’t know how. I para phrased compliments i had received from other people, this while lovely is not who YOU are. Make a list of things you like, things you think you are and keep it close by. Believe me this will help you in rough times.
Share your work, find people who share the same passions as you and nurture it. While material possessions have a certain charm, you can never purchase the desire to create. Challenge yourself, talk with other creatives regardless of what craft they prefer, it’s an invaluable friendship that will benefit you both.
There is nobody else in this world like you.
You yourself are a master piece. One of a kind. Try to find your style, how to express yourself so that when someone see’s your work they instantly connect it to you. Try your best not to be afraid. Use that fear as a motivator to continue doing what you love.
Don’t be ashamed of liking things that are “uncool” love what you like, embrace it. Most importantly own it. Own everything that you enjoy regardless of other peoples opinions. Here’s a little secret, most peoples opinions are merely projections of their own insecurities, take it with a grain of salt, be polite and say thank you if necessary. You are not what other people think of you. You are you.
You are special, You are what you love to do.
For myself that’s creativity, and since your reading this i believe we are on the same page. Embrace it, hold it close to you, and try your best not to lose that magic and enthusiasm. There will be no better friend, nothing will ever understand you more than the passion you possess for being caught up in the moment when your work speaks back to you; when you see that concept you’ve been thinking about come to life.
We live in a world, where people are motivated for a variety of reasons. Some are fickle minded, some with the best intentions that go bad. If you are lucky enough to be one of those people who are connected to creativity, you are so very lucky to have a friend that you can call any time, that will always respond and will always be there regardless of the mistakes you make.
Value not only yourself, but your creativity.
Happy Creating and we shall talk again soon Peeps!
Love Kiley xoxo