I rarely use Facebook for my personal social media, but as my jewelry business and blog have grown, I’ve found myself doing online marketing more and more often. As I was perusing one day I saw a link my uncle and dear friend Rafa, a photographer and artist in LA, shared from qz.com about creative people’s brains. The article was definitely conceived and written by a “creative person”; the descriptions and data hit home uncannily.
I was inspired to write this post because I frequently write about ‘wanderlust souls’, ‘free-spirits’, and ‘adventurers’ as travelers. I define a traveler as someone who is different from a tourist by the way that they travel, the respect they hold for each place and person they encounter, the introspective way they perceive their journeys, and the time they spend abroad. After reading that article, it hit me that I would describe creatives in the same way I describe travelers.
“The common traits that people across all creative fields seemed to have in common were an openness to one’s inner life; a preference for complexity and ambiguity; an unusually high tolerance for disorder and disarray; the ability to extract order from chaos; independence; unconventionality; and a willingness to take risks.”
Is this not the essence of traveling? We all know the mad dashes to the airport in a flurry of passports, backpacks, and last-minute Chipotle with seconds to spare before takeoff. The constant folding, refolding, and blow-drying out wrinkles in tee shirts that defines living out of a suitcase. The late nights spent in cities you’ve never been to before. Travelers find the fun in spontaneity and disarray, artists find the poetry and emotion- and both revel in it.
“Barron wrote that the creative genius was “both more primitive and more cultured, more destructive and more constructive, occasionally crazier and yet adamantly saner, than the average person.”
I frequently harp on this subject as well. (I’m sure you can understand why I fell in love with the article at this point.) Barron put a concise sentence to all my rambling explanations of why travelers and artists feel deeper than others. “Occasionally crazier and yet adamantly saner, than the average person.” Wow. Occasionally crazier because we are so spontaneous; so passionate; so confident in ourselves that we are unafraid to be bold, loud, and apart from the majority. Occasionally crazier because to the conventional majority, we don’t play by the rules. Adamantly saner because we don’t hide behind what society says we should do; we do what is raw and therefore most naturally human. Adamantly saner because we are so in touch with ourselves and the world that we feel and act in a way that is full of life and meaning, which to me is much more sane than needing the newest iPhone and playing slave to societal expectations.
In the simplest syllogistic form of categorical logic: All creatives are passionate people. All travelers are creatives. All travelers are passionate people.
Traveling is derived from a passion to explore the world. We must be creative and resourceful to travel (remember: true traveling is very distinct from tourism.) A popular quote on Pinterest says that “traveling will first leave you speechless, and then turn you into a storyteller.” Creativity and inspiration is born out of the act of packing yourself up and going somewhere else in the world.
“It seemed that creative people were more introspective. This led to increased self-awareness, including a greater familiarity with the darker and more uncomfortable parts of themselves. It may be because they engage with the full spectrum of life- both the dark and the light- that writers score high on some of the characteristics that our society tends to associate with mental illness.
Conversely, this same propensity can lead them to become more grounded and self-aware. In openly and boldly confronting themselves and the world, creative-minded people seemed to find an unusual synthesis between healthy and “pathological” behaviors.”
I like this side; this poetic, tragic, wild card side. We feel too intensely for the masses who are accustomed to living in a pacified state. For better or worse, we refuse to be bought or be sold. We are gypsies, artists, and outcasts. We are lovers and truth seekers; the music makers and dreamers of dreams. We are storytellers.