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If You Have These 5 Struggles, You’re A Highly Creative Person

If You Have These 5 Struggles, You’re A Highly Creative Person

The world needs creative people but sometimes being naturally creative can come at a price. We all reap the benefits of creation but what goes on in the mind of a highly creative person is often far from what we see on the outside.

Confidence seems synonymous with creative people, but a lot of the time they are struggling with much of what goes on in their mind through the way they think and perceive the world compared to others.

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If you’re a highly creative person, the struggles and challenges you face can leave you feeling isolated or lonely. Even people close to you may make you feel like no one gets you and aren’t mindful of how you are really feeling. With this in mind, here are five common struggles that should be acknowledged and understood towards those who are highly creative.

1. You Are Sometimes Misunderstood

Having different thought processes is what makes a creative mind what it is. Without thinking differently about things, new ideas and creations wouldn’t be made a reality. We tend to filter everything we see through our way of thinking and this can go against societal norms. People therefore often judge us or misunderstand us by the way we think, act, or even dress and these sorts of misunderstandings can sometimes lead to feelings of isolation, lack of acceptance, or being separated from others.

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2. You Are Self-Absorbed

By this I don’t mean selfish, but more about being consumed with your own feelings and situations. This inevitably leads to over-thinking problems and worrying unnecessarily about the turn-out of a situation or future events. Creative people tend to be very critical about themselves and judge themselves for their more-than-normal feelings and emotions, which can sometimes come across as being self-absorbed unintentionally.

3. You Perceive The World Differently Than Others

To be part of the creative process, you need to have a different perspective of ideas, concepts, and viewpoints. The problem with this is that highly creative people tend to apply this to much of the way they see the world. Seeing things in a different way than others can bring with it a sense of apprehension or lack of comprehension from other people, which can feel frustrating and sometimes isolating.

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4. You Focus More On Imagination Than The Reality of What Is

Imagination is what powers a creative mind. We all live in our own heads but highly creative people tend to love relishing in an alternate reality. While this can be used in a positive way, it can also be detrimental because any negative elements in our imagination can get blown out of proportion. This can result in creating more of a problem than there actually is because the overactive imagination can create false beliefs. Using the imagination for dreaming up ideas, better thoughts, beliefs, and perspectives is a bonus for creative people but once it starts to err on the side of negative, it can be a problematic trait to have.

5. You Actively Seek Criticism From Others

Another problem creative people tend to adopt is a feeling of low self-worth. Constantly putting your ideas and dreams out there can result in experiencing much more negative feedback than people who don’t. It obviously depends on how you look at these experiences, but many creative people develop a lack of self-confidence and feeling like they’re not good enough. Making this a habit means you can actively start to seek criticism from others or even just expect it too much. It’s almost like you’re subconsciously trying to find conformation to validate your belief that you’re just not as good as you can be.

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The world needs creative people so no matter how much you feel like you’re struggling to be heard and understood, feel safe in the knowledge that you are a major contributor to this planet as much as everyone else. Don’t be afraid to be your true self and let go of negative beliefs about yourself. Don’t let anyone stop you from being the wonderful, creative person you are.

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Last Updated on December 3, 2019

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

2. Pace Yourself

Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

3. You Can’t Please Everyone

“I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

6. It’s Not All About You

You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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