Deep down inside of you there is a fire that burns and from the outside looking in, that fire may seem like it is out of control. Wild, even. But you know exactly what it burns for. You may not know why, but it is the source by which you create and create well. Your parents probably hate that you do not care about the medical field as much as you do for your passions, but to you, that does not really matter because you are a creative, you know it, and you will not allow that to be taken from you.
As a creative, you realize that you have a lot to give and you feel the weight of people not quite appreciating that. It is not a complaint, just awareness, so you work harder and harder to get people to notice your work and your talent. You have put your time and effort into what you have made and wish that others could see that instead of picking it apart because it is a little bit different than the standard. Sometimes that makes you wonder if being a creative is worth the comments you get from people when it comes to your art.
As a creative, you fall into a niche that many claim, but not many are a part of. You are in love with art, genuinely, and not just yours. You write, but can see the abstract techniques that a dancer uses while in their element. Or you sing, but love how a cinematographer can create a tone that makes a film go from good on paper to great on-screen. Or You might draw. You might be a print-maker. You might blow glass. Whatever it is, it reminds you to be grateful for the demographic you fall in and all that comes with it.
You know there is a reason for this. The same feeling you get when your hands have made something is the same feeling you get when watching another creative excel in their craft. It is an atmosphere produced that you cannot fully explain. There is an undrainable energy birthed by either your craft or another’s. And there is a reason.
God has given us all something that can be called creative space. It goes beyond this imaginary “box” that most people say we do or do not need to be inside of. This creative space is not something that is necessarily a box at all or any shape at that matter. It is literally a space. It is a place that resembles the proverbial “lane” made specifically for us, but unlike a lane, there are not only two directions we can go and it often overlaps with another’s.
And though our creative spaces are different, they all intertwine in some way, hence the exuberance you feel when a work of art that you have had no part in can touch you inside your soul unlike anything else. No matter what we create, we cannot do it entirely alone nor were we meant to. Embrace that. That is a gift that is unlike any other. Though some people will not understand it or try to suppress it, you are an artist, and you create based on the passion for art that lies within you. THAT is your space. It is a part of you because God wanted YOU to be the creative you are at this very moment. Your creative space makes you unique. You were given YOUR mind and YOUR hands and YOUR innermost desires because there were things meant for you to create now. You may not even know what that even means for you, but that should not stop you.
Being a creative is hard. Sometimes it does not pay well if at all (in some cases). Sometimes it takes years for you to come to grips with the fact that something more technical is not a part of your purpose. That is incredibly uncomfortable, but the sooner we understand that it is coherent with our destiny, the more of who we really are and what makes our heart beat can be found in the things that we create.
So for you, the creative, who may be discouraged or simply tired of not fitting into the world’s standards of who you should be or what you should be doing, remember this. You were given a creative space and blessed with the opportunity to be a creative in this age because God intended you to create in a time such as this one. Keep your head up and do not stop creating. It is what you were made for.