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12 Things Only Non-Artistic People Would Understand

12 Things Only Non-Artistic People Would Understand

In a lot of ways, non-artistic people are lucky. They might feel like they got the short end of the stick with their lack of artistic abilities, but in my opinion, they often more than make up for it in other aspects of life. Here are 12 reasons artistic souls (like me) should look in wonder at non-artistic people.

1. They understand how to enjoy something instead of obsess over it.

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    When un-artistic people like a book they read or a movie they watched, they’re just happy to have experienced something they enjoy. Unlike un-artistic people, people who are considered artistic will often try to figure out why they liked what they liked. For example, I’ll often dissect a movie to figure out what was effective and what wasn’t. Sometimes I wish I could just lie back and enjoy the art without feeling the need to break it down, but c’est la vie.

    2. They can live outside their own heads.

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      Artists are extremely self-absorbed. I can say that, because I consider myself an artist. Un-artistic people, meanwhile, know how to be productive and get things done because they don’t have their head in the clouds. That’s an enviable skill.

      3. They know how to be practical.

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        Image by Scott Ableman via Flickr.

        Artists oftentimes excel at the abstract, but struggle with the mundane. They may know how to paint a portrait of you, but might not know how to do their taxes. Non-artistic people should take pride in their ability to handle the stuff that seems basic, but is alien to so many artistic people.

        4. They don’t overthink things.

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          Image by TZA via Flickr.

          It takes forever for artists to make decisions. They go back and forth (and back and forth) before they take action, and even then, they’re still not convinced that action was the right choice. Non-artistic people often know how to make decisions and not worry as much if they made the wrong choice.

          5. They have more time on their hands.

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            Image by Ambernectar 13 via Flickr.

            It takes a long time to make art. There’s a common saying that it takes 10,000 hours to get good at something, particularly something artistic. That’s 10,000 hours that could be spent hanging with friends, going new places or just living your life. But time for stuff like that is exclusively reserved for non-artistic people.

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            6. They understand that it’s okay to indulge in junk entertainment every once in awhile.

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              Artistic people think that they need to only enjoy high-brow art. Non-artistic people are under no such misconception. Sure, Transformers isn’t going to win any Academy Awards, but the first one is a helluva lot of fun, so it’s better if you’re able to appreciate it for what it is.

              7. They don’t need to express themselves.

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                Not expressing yourself sounds like a bad thing, but it doesn’t have to be. A lot of non-artistic people don’t feel the need to express themselves through art because they’re happy with who they are. The sad truth is that artistic people are often less happy with themselves and the world around them, and they try to express their feelings with their art. Non-artistic people are free of that burden.

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                8. They understand that there are things more important than art.

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                  Sure, art can be good. Great, even. But non-artistic people understand that there are things that matter more. Whereas artists might be recluses only concerned with making their art, the non-artistic understand the importance of things like spending time with friends and family.

                  9. They know the meaning of a real day’s work.

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                    Image by Terence T.S. Tam via Flickr.

                    Making art is work—there’s no question about it. But it’s an odd type of work that doesn’t leave you as satisfied as you might be when you clock out of your work shift. Sometimes a construction worker feels more fulfilled than an artist, and oftentimes, they get paid more for their time and effort.

                    10. They’re usually better socially.

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                    socially awkward

                      I’m being honest with myself when I say this: a lot of artists are awkward. They’re more concerned with making something than with relating and connecting to other human beings. Non-artistic people are more likely to cultivate meaningful, life-changing relationships than a lot of artists.

                      11. They just remember instead of reflect.

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                        Image by Fabiana Zonca via Flickr.

                        Artistic people are likely to focus too much on the past. They get caught in a rut in which they’re constantly trying to figure out what things meant, when they should really just focus on the present and the future. Non-artistic people are less likely to make that mistake, remembering the things that happened to them but not over analyzing them to death.

                        12. They’re better at letting things go.

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                          Image by Indigo via Flickr

                          Artistic people are prone to hold onto feelings like anger and grief and sadness. They think they need those negative emotions to fuel their art. Non-artistic don’t have harmful thoughts like that. That’s just another reason so-called “artists” should, at times, be jealous of the non-artistic, and not take shame in who they are.

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                          27 Ways to Instantly Feel Better When You’re Down

                          27 Ways to Instantly Feel Better When You’re Down

                          Who has never gone through some ups and downs in the life? But some people can feel better in a quicker way than others because they’ve found their own remedies to heal the bad feelings.

                          If you haven’t found yours, these ways will help you instantly feel better and ditch that negative self talk when you’re feeling bad about yourself:

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                          1. Listen to the songs you loved when you were in high school or university, this will recall you of the old good times.
                          2. Write something. Write down how you feel as a way to express your thoughts if you don’t feel like talking to anyone.
                          3. Draw something. Draw anything you want because no one’s going to judge your drawing skills.
                          4. Read the postcards or letters your friends or family sent you before, remind yourself there are people who always remember you.
                          5. Silently think of a day or moment which you truly enjoyed and try to recapture that very first feeling. Was it the day of your graduation? The moment you traveled with your loved one?
                          6. Take out your photo albums and go over your childhood photos.
                          7. Cry when you feel like doing so. There’s nothing wrong with crying; cry out all your fear and stress and just face the truth after crying.
                          8. Sing loudly like no one can hear you. Do you know that in Japan, people always sing karaoke to relieve stress?
                          9. Cook a nice meal for yourself or for your family.
                          10. Read your previous diary entries and look at your great memories.
                          11. Dress up nicely to feel happier.
                          12. Don’t stay in your bed! Get your laptop or a book and sit in a coffee place.
                          13. Take a walk outside and feel the fresh air.
                          14. Sweat yourself! Go jogging or play some sports.
                          15. Pick up the musical instrument you used to play a lot and start to play it.
                          16. Tidy up your desk or wardrobe, you’ll feel good that you’re being productive and actually doing something.
                          17. Watch some funny videos, sure you can find a lot of them on Youtube.
                          18. Eat something you like, be it a chocolate cake, or an ice-cream. Just please yourself with the flavour you like.
                          19. Re-read your favorite book and write down the sentences or passages that you love.
                          20. Watch a new movie, there must be a movie which you’ve always interested in but had no time to watch it.
                          21. Do something nice that no one will notice, say picking up a rubbish in the street and throw it to a trash bin.
                          22. Call your best friend and just talk whatever you want! Human beings are social animals after all, connecting with people close to you will make you feel better.
                          23. Do voluntary work and help people in need, you’ll feel happy and satisfied.
                          24. Get drunk with your close friends at home – a safe place for you to get drunk and get crazy. Let loose and have fun with your very close friends.
                          25. Write an email or a note to a friend who you care about.
                          26. Get out of your routine life and meet new friends. Get out of your comfort zone! Meeting new people can give you new inspirations in life.
                          27. Look into the mirror and smile. Act like today’s already a wonderful day. How we act affects how we feel. It’s difficult to go on feeling sad if you’re trying to smile!

                          Remember:

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                          It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.  — Epictetus

                          If you want to feel better, change what you’re doing because obviously what you’re doing doesn’t make you happy!

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