Creativity and Uncertainty

I used to get worried when my creativity lulled, afraid I’d never write another song or poem. But I’ve learned the well never runs dry. Still, being creative comes with a fair sense of uncertainty.

Uncertainty can be hard to accept. Many people live in fear because they don’t deal well with the concept of not knowing what’s going to happen tomorrow, next week, or in year. Being a creator has helped me to deal with uncertainty. Here’s why.

If you’re truly a creative person, you’ll have your ups and downs, but you’ll discover that the muse always returns. Keep in mind, you can’t always control when and how creativity works. Something else controls that. Some call it God or the universe.

Whatever you call it, that force is not constantly flowing through you. It comes and goes. It creates a sense of uncertainty. If you want to become someone who can face uncertainty with less fear, become a writer or an artist. You’ll learn to accept the rhythm of the muse.

Practice creativity long enough and you’ll learn that it never leaves you completely. It just takes breaks. You’ll come to accept those down times. In return, accepting that uncertainty can help in other areas of life.

I just moved from Washington to Maine. I’ve got one foot in each state. My job, health insurance, and other concerns are in limbo. I’m not really too worried. I believe that being a creative has taught me to be patient and accept the world as it is. Things will work out like a song. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.