Being a creative person is very different than being a scientist or an accountant. Life has many challenges for everyone. Living life is not easy. It is really difficult.
For those of us who are creative, we have to also deal with our obsession to create beauty and truth in whatever way we are drawn to. It is never easy to find balance in life and it is an essential goal for all of us as we walk the path. This can be even more difficult for a creative person to accomplish and takes concentration away from the flow of artistic beauty within, but there is no more choice for the creative person than for anyone else.
Criticism can be devastating to the very life flow of creativity and yet is very necessary. Creative people have the additional job of trying to accept both criticism and praise and balance it with the flow of our creativity.
In addition, there is the challenge of creating meaning in the life of the artist. Whatever your medium, you are creating beauty in the world and meaning in your life. Beauty cannot be created by ugliness, only by more beauty. One thing we seldom do as creative people, is to see ourselves as part of the beauty we have added to the world.
Creative people must accomplish all these extra tasks, in addition to what others must do to create successful lives for themselves
Balance and meaning are the foundation for the basis of life. Foundations are essential for all human beings and all must form a firm solid one. Beauty, spirituality, work you love, passion and love are all part of this foundation.
I have been looking at my foundation today and looking for cracks. Now it is up to me to seal and repair those cracks. It is all very necessary and never easy, but the foundation must be made solid for me to create more beauty.