Have you ever heard the phrase, "Tortured Artist"? Or maybe you've heard, "Starving Artist". These two phrases are probably quite indicative of the thoughts and feelings we have about artists. That they will be starving and tortured. Not a pretty picture at all! It sounds like a very sad war story and not something to really joke about in the way that these phrases are often used to do.
I would like to move away from these negative phrases in my own life. I feel like I am up against that perception regularly and that over time it can really start to wear on you. Not only that, but you can start to believe those words!
It is amazing the power of repeated words in our lives. It is the same with all those scientists who study phrases that parents and teachers use to communicate with kids. "You are a good boy" or "You were a bad girl" or "You are a disappointment to us", etc. These words are powerful and can truly shape the growth of a child.
Our inner artist is often, by many authors, referenced as a child. It is fragile but open to growth and new ideas. Open to learning and change. Often times seeking approval and potential successes.
How have these phrases affected you in your art & creativity?
Have you stayed away from things that you really wanted to pursue because you did not want to become "tortured"?
Have you struggled more than you needed to by holding onto these words and allowing them to become deep ingrained fears?
Do you think these things are true?
Under my resources tab I have recommended Ted Talks, click here to watch the one with Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love. She has a great deal of insight into creative issues similar to the questions I brought up with you today. I would love to hear your thoughts on these questions.
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