I recently read an article by Kevin Kaiser Lifehack.org titled ‘20 things only creative people would understand‘. I actually don’t know why I read it, because normally I run like the plague from such articles…. you know, the ones that always appear at the bottom of news articles, with titles like ‘New Cure for X Leaves Scientists Furious’ or ‘Only A Genius Will Understand this Shocking Truth’. However, in this case it had been liked by a friend on Facebook so I looked it up in a moment of lobotomised boredom and was pleasantly surprised.
Now we all know that articles are are often designed to pander, please and flatter using the sort of techniques psychic mediums and astrologers use to make use feel special and that they are talking about us specifically and nobody else. But still, I counted off all twenty as being either in the bullseye, or darned close to it. Here they are summarised below with a few comments, although I’d recommend reading the full article linked above.
How many of these Kevin Kaiser’s points apply to you? how many have literally shaped your life, relationships and careers? I do know that many of the below points do not relate to non-creative people. So here goes:
- A mind that never slows down – This can make sleep difficult. It can also make people think you are mad.
- They challenge the status quo – This can also upset people. It can also be exhausting, not to mention irresistible.
- They embrace their genius even if others don’t – I’d remove genius and insert ‘talents’. One has to embrace who you are, because it isn’t going to change, for you or anyone else….
- They have difficulty staying on task – Getting bored can be a problem, can’t it? As in, pathological problem….
- The create in cycles – Absolutely. When absent, I cannot recognise the creative part that has ‘left’. When it comes back, the excitement is sometimes too much to bear. And no, I do not think I am bipolar, but those peaks and troughs are kinda scary…
- They need time to feed their souls – This is a big deal for friends and loved ones. Some people (especially those focused on activities and ‘doing’) just cannot relate to or cope with this.
- They need space to create: And we know what happens if this point (and #6) are denied to us….
- They focus intensely: perhaps to the exclusion of everything else. One of my sons is the same. He goes deaf to all around, yet his hearing is perfect.
- They feel deeply: Needs no further explanation…
- They live on the edge of joy and depression: Two sides of the same coin…
- They think and speak in stories: And get teased by their friends for it.
- They battle fear every day: Being creative does not always align well with the need for an income, retirement etc. Scary stuff, but no more scary than denying one’s creative self-expression, right?
- They take their work personally: Never mind how it is ‘taken’, it IS personal.
- They have a hard time believing in themselves: This is the result of being one’s own worst critic.
- They are deeply intuitive: Very helpful, but can leave one in a bit of a stick trying to explain such things to others.
- They use procrastination as a tool: The crush of pressure as a deadline looms forces explosive, pure creativity. There is no longer time to think…
- They are addicted to creative flow: ‘Flow’… ‘the zone’, where one experiences ‘connectedness’. Euphoria with a sprinkling of madness.
- They have difficulty finishing projects: Familiarity and comfort leads to boredom.
- They connect dots better than others: We’re back to connectedness and meaning again.
- They will never grow up: How many times have people referred to you as a Peter Pan?
Although I am still wondering if Kevin Kaiser is his/her real name, where others have failed, this list is bang on the money in my opinion.
How did you score?