The few. The proud. The creative ones.
We don’t really fit into society, because we are rebellious. Most of our ambitions are aimed at correcting society, so naturally we will resist joining it. We are either filthy rich or dirt poor. We are either respected or criticized. There is very little in between, so we bravely roll the dice and hope for victory. But even in failure…approval was never our aim.
- You’re so creative. – This can either be a wonderful compliment, or a sign that you are being misunderstood. It’s a way of either saying “you have some serious talent” or a way of saying “This is really different. I guess it’s creative?”
- You’re an idealist. – Of Course, you couldn’t possibly be a realist or a logical left brained person. To this, we smile and quote Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings. “There never was much hope. Just a fool’s hope.”
- How did you learn to do that? – This can be a very interesting and fun question to answer, but only if the person is genuinely asking. Most of the time though, people are confused by what we do, and are trying to make sense of it. The interested ones like to hear about the hours of practice, the inspirational sunrise, and the weird dreams you have. However the confused ones are looking for a mathematical formula. They want to hear that you learned this in school and heard an audible voice from the sky telling you what to do.
- You’re so lucky. – How do we respond to this common statement? The hours of hard work, little pay, and frustrating criticism usually come to mind in these situations. Do you feel lucky? Most dream chasers aren’t sure if they are lucky and gifted, or plagued with a strange curse.
- Do you think you will be rich and famous? – Very few will answer “yes” to this question. Even if you are rich and famous, is sounds so proud to own up to it. Some of us have our head in the clouds, but most of us are just hoping to make enough to have something other than Ramen noodles for dinner.
- How are you going to make money? – This question dashes our spirits. Sometimes we need our spirits dashed, because no one likes a free loader. Most of us have a “temporary” regular boring job. We often comfort ourselves that maybe years from now we will become famous. At least our grandchildren will be rich!
- I just don’t get it. – Usually this comment is accompanied by squinting eyes and a tilted head. They don’t see the art, the story, the song, and they certainly don’t see you. It’s okay though, because we realize that as much a society needs us, it needs these types too. What we have in creativity they make up for in exactness.
- Oh. Hmm. Interesting. – We will never know if they like us or hate us. This is what people do to sound very knowledgeable and wise, without ever having to be either. We’ll never know what they think, but we can just pretend they love us.
- Can you do it for free? I’m your friend after all. – This makes us all want to cry. We can’t actually give away our art work, books, and Cd’s, even if you are a friend. We actually have invested an incredible amount of time and money into our passion. If you really enjoy what we do, then allow us the privilege of being able to afford dinner.
- Nothing. – The silent response is a confusing one. On the one hand, it’s nice that someone is observing and not saying the first thing that pops into their head. The old saying of “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” can be refreshing, especially after to speaking to an “I don’t get it person”. On the other hand, we desperately want to know what everyone thinks. If you like what I do, then you better tell me!