Disclaimer: Everything written below is the writer’s thoughts and observation-based curations.
“Your brain wants you to give up now, so that you can be limitless again tomorrow!”
Addiction isn’t good. There are many things we can be addicted to, I am sure you’re aware of many. But creativity is that addiction, we aren’t really aware of! I wasn’t aware of it, until I felt empty inside without it!
It’s one of those times when you have written every word you could in the moment. When you have created every possible idea there can be & your brain wants you to give up now, so that you can be limitless again tomorrow! Yet, you feel you can do more, only if you get another creative IDEA! But you feel abandoned. Your mind has deserted you & your blank head is trying hard to focus and think of something! Anything! That’s when you are aware of it, that you’re addicted to creativity.
“Creativity addiction can be defined as the state of mind where even after working on your creative ideas, you crave for more, although your brain is exhausted & doesn’t support creativity anymore & wants you to accept that you’re done for the day.”
The Importance of Creativity
Creativity for a human being to survive is as important as breathing. Many people may not practice any artistic creativity, because that’s not for everyone but they’re, in their daily life, are in fact, Creative. The way they decorate their rooms, desks, kitchen, plants, garden or even wardrobe -All of it involves using our Frontal Cortex a.k.a the creative part of the brain.
Life is unimaginable without creativity & its importance is undeniable. A person feels empty, lost, anxious, hopeless, even useless in absence of it. A creative person however, is like a child when it comes to the work. Don’t disturb them. Don’t ask them questions. Set them free. Let them be. Let them do whatever they’re upto & the result shall be ART. That’s what creativity does to a person, it makes them experience the best times of their lives all over again.
“It’s like a routine, to share ideas, art & content.”
How is one addicted to Creativity?
I have a headache, yet, I just want to write this and share it with everyone. It’s like a routine, to share ideas, art & content. Just like it’s a routine to share pictures on Instagram or to put a tweet. Those pictures & tweets are the work of addiction of social media, true. But they’re also the result of your addiction to creativity. How?
Just take a moment & think. The last image you put online, does it have a different caption or composition? Did you edit it in a different way? Don’t you think it’s because of the fact that you want to be different and so you’re addicted to creative thinking to create different content everyday! Well that’s one reason to be addicted to creativity.
“One can write the best-selling fiction franchise that goes on for generations, right before they’re thinking of taking their life!”
One can write a poem just on the sound of a cricket. One can create a painting by just closing their eyes. One can write the best-selling fiction franchise that goes on for generations, right before they’re thinking of taking their life! Remember Harry Potter? That’s one legendary creativity by J.K.Rowling. At 31, she wrote Harry Potter out of her battle with depression!
From pain came treasure.
How’s Creativity related with Pain?
I have often said that pain can be addictive. I had written something in that context. Read it below before going ahead.
From where did the greatest poets or painters came? Why the artists that made art out of pain are so legendary? Eminem, Chester Bennington, Charles Bukowski, Bob Marley, Adele, J.K. Rowling the list can go on! But you get the point. Channeling the pain. That’s the secret. Thus, from pain comes creativity.
“If you’re hurt in anyway, you’re already addicted to creativity. That’s the way to deal with the pain & heal.”
Creativity Addiction Pros & Cons:
Yes. There are black & white to every story, every habit & every practice. So there are, for creativity. Anything gone out of limits can destroy the reason for its existence altogether.
It keeps our brain healthy & active.
It results in outcomes or creations for which others can be grateful for.
It expands your limits as a human. It gives you wings.
It helps you grow and understand your own capabilities
It’s great for having a side-hustle for some extra income.
It makes you crave information. Moreover, learn.
It can exhaust your brain.
It can drive you nuts in the empty head space hours!
Creativity block can make you sick.
It can disconnect you socially.
It can cause anxiety. In absence of any creative activity, you can feel restless & stressed.
(The most dangerous one) It can cause addiction of other things.
You see how creativity is as good as bad it can be. It is addictive but we can control it, like any other addiction. In fact, better. So, whenever there’s a creative wave forcing itself on you, just remember to take a break & take the head-space needed.