Morning friends. How are you today? What is happening with you? I have been rolling an idea around my head for the last few days and would like to talk to you guys about it today. I want to chat about ideas and about how they affect those around us. In my opinion, being creative is often harder for the people around us- our friends and family, than it is for us. It is a very tough and often lonely road for the creatives amongst us. We have ideas that are new, we come up with new concepts, we want to change things and introduce new & fresh ideas. This can be difficult for those closest to us. They like things as they are and they like having us the way we are. That is why they love us.
As our loved ones, they try to understand and get excited about our new ideas, but sometimes these strange new ideas just don’t make sense to them. They are just to far out of their field of reference. That doesn’t mean that our nearest and dearest do not love us any more, but it can be quite frustrating if someone special cannot see your idea in the same light, or if they cannot be excited with you. I think it is an indication that it might be time to reach out to a creative community.
As creative people, we have a need to talk to similar, like-minded people. We need to surround ourselves with people who can understand our need for new and fresh ideas- for change. They won’t necessarily agree with you or climb on board with your ideas, but it is great to have a support system where you can discuss these things in a save environment.
Do you guys have a community of helping-hands and supportive peers? I have found a sense of community through teaching the Artist’s way classes. It has been lovely spending time with these intelligent and creative people every week. I teach four different classes, three from my studio and one online class and it has been incredible to see each groups’ different dynamic and perspectives. The classes are starting to come to and end though and I am casting my mind ahead at new classes and groups, where we can continue this special support system and welcome more creatives to the fold.
Where do you go for support and a sense of community? How do you keep motivated and inspired when faced with these dillemas? I think the key to success is tobecome part of a creative communtiy, even if it is just you and a close friend. We all need a little help and support sometimes. If all else fails, remember this nugget by Lao Tzu.
Have a inspired week.