I just heard the BEST thing ever, and I had to write it
down. As many of you know, I am a huge,
HUGE fan of Jamie Ridler’s podcast, Creative Living with Jamie. I listen to her brilliant and beautiful
interviews as I’m driving and sometimes as I’m running, and they have been a
true source of inspiration for me.
times, creative people tend to feel that they are alone in the world, maybe not
truly alone in the sense that they have no one, but oftentimes in the sense
that others will not understand them. I
think that’s one of the reasons I love Jamie’s work so much. It’s a weekly reminder that I am not alone,
and that there are literally hundreds of like-minded women out there who are
working and mothering and living wonderfully creative lives.
The first was that it’s OK to
play with art and to not think of it in professional terms. This is a biggie because it allows us the
freedom to experiment and try new things.
It’s the kind of creativity that kids experience, creativity without
expectation, and I love that. The second
thing she said was that she doesn’t have to show up at an easel and paint a
masterpiece to be creative. Again, it’s
the freedom to play without fear of failure that I find so appealing.
But the best one, the one that stopped me in my tracks, was
when Jamie asked her about challenges she faced in her creative life, and she
said, “Managing the crazy.”
Learning to manage the crazy. Yes. I
She explained that creative impulses are often partnered
with just a little bit of crazy—high emotions, inner voices, contradictory
feelings. Holy cow.
I am crazy— but in a good way.
It’s because I’m creative.
She said that she once asked a friend what she thought it
might be like to be “even-keeled”. The
friend had laughed and said, “Why are you even thinking about that? It’s never going to happen.”
I found myself laughing out loud because I have often
wondered, mostly when looking at Rob in bewilderment, “What would it be like to
be completely steady and following the straight line?”
I will never know.
It’s just not going to happen.
And then she said this:
“It’s better to manage the crazy than to try to be something you’re
Suddenly, I don’t feel alone. I don’t feel that I need to research mental health facilities for later on when I finally go completely around the bend. Other people have crazies too; they’re just artists.