Artists’ are crazy…. Creative people have mental illness…. The smartest or most creative are the craziest… Myth or fact?
In my experience, it is a fact! Artists, creative beings, we don’t fall into the box of the norm. We think outside the box, we see things from a perspective that the average person doesn’t see. The way we choose to see life comes from such a different angle that it is perceived by society as weird, crazy, negative and even mentally challenged. Because we stand outside of society’s norm we are considered “crazy”. But here’s the real crazy part, those who view us as crazy will never see things as we see them, and those of us who are the creative artist will never understand how those judging us can be so closed minded. See, to the creative artist, we are the norm, the way in which we perceive the world is so simplistic in our own realities that we cannot fully grasp how the average person does Not see things as we do. And because there aren’t many that see things as we do, the rest of the world would have you believe that it is us who are crazy, mentally challenged or even ignorant; leaving the artist to feel completely alone. Because although we have our moments of confidence and strength in which we accept that we are considered crazy, we aren’t the norm, we are weird, we love it an accept it. However, we also have moments in which we completely feel alone, because there is no one out there to relate to us! And even though we have come across some other artists who we relate too and connect with, because an artist is always struggling with self and society, we do not always have the energy to cling to our own society of artists.
Do not underestimate the feeling of being alone! There are many characteristics that follow. Each individual has had to face and deal with their own consequences of feeling alone. Whether it’s to work to “fit in”, try and suppress our true ideas and realities, or succumb to society’s idealistic thoughts of who we are suppose to be, we cannot always fully embrace who we are. And, when we do, welcome to the world of feeling as if we live in a world that only exists in our minds!
We live in a society that works it’s hardest to suppress and control us, mainly because they fear the idea of allowing our own thoughts and minds to dictate what we do in our lives! And the sad reality is to realize that 99% of the people that we love and cherish are those who fall into everyday society, therefore, labeling that 1% as crazy or mentally ill. I am one of the proud to stand up and agree that I am weird, I am crazy, I do not fall into the norm, and I accept that, however, I cannot deny the fact that it always leaves me feeling starkfully alone. And there’s a perfect example! I know that “starkfully” is not a word in our traditional English dictionary, however, it makes complete sense to me and therefore will use it. Using it, however, will deem me uneducated, ignorant and who knows what else. I really don’t care, but it will land me in a category to those who do not understand me. I have accepted that in this world, I will not be undersood because I live in my own reality. But I choose my own reality over a world that was created by a society who believes in mass production and control. That might be crazy, but that’s just me!