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The Darker Side of Creativity

The creative life isn’t all epic sunrises and sunsets.  pc: pixels.com

There’s definitely a darker side to the creative lifestyle. As great and special as it is to be engaged in full-time creative pursuits, it’s not all epic sunrises and sunsets. There is a lot of grayness to the life of a creative. 

Some feel it more than others. I’m one of those people. I’m an empath as described in this article on The Mind Unleashed. My wonderful girlfriend Karen said to me just this morning, “It must be exhausting to be so tuned into your own feelings all the time. It’s not like you can shut it off.”

And she’s right. I can’t shut off my bent toward feeling the pain, emotion, or challenges of others and having those elements become part of my own reality. But such is the darker side of the creative, empathic life. » More »


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