I consider myself a creative person. However, a creative person that is still very much left-brained. My creative side and my analytical side are constantly going toe to toe, fighting for supremacy. But I know those people–the people who are completely creative and it dominates everything they do.
My husband is one of those people.
I often describe him as one of those passionate artists that you’ve read about in art history books. You know, the kind that chop off an ear à la Vincent Van Gogh. The kind that get the idea to move to Tahiti so they can spend their days painting the native women à la Paul Gauguin. The kind that is way before their time.
For years, I lamented the fact that we could never “just be normal”. The kind of people who worked regular jobs, who woke up and went to bed at the same exact time every night. I had romantic notions of how much easier and how much more predictable our life could be. When you have six kids, crazy stuff happens to your brain. I often had a hard time understanding my husband and how he did things.
I recently saw this list 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently on Huff Post and it made so much sense to me. I saw many of the same curious habits and qualities that my husband possesses. For the past nineteen years, I’ve seen them lived out from day to day. The ironic part? I saw a lot of myself in this list, too. Maybe I haven’t been so easy to live with either.
Here are a few of the things we as creative people do around here:
- Observe everything
- Work the hours that work for you
- Make time for solitude
- Seek out new experiences
- People watch
- Take risks
- Follow your true passions
- Surround yourself with beauty
- Ask the big questions
- Lose track of time
- Shake things up
We’re trying to teach our kids to do these things, too. They are learning from example.
Needless to say, life is never dull when you surround yourself with creative people.