Creativity and the Tortured Artist
Whitney Houston’s premature demise brought back to mind a beautiful TED talk by Elizabeth Gilbert. Elizabeth wrote the phenomenal bestseller Eat, Pray, Love. She talks about the immense pressure that comes upon artists to live up to their earlier successes, and how it frequently leads to self-destructive tendencies that can see us lose too many of them too soon.
Elizabeth suggests that the link between creativity and the anguish in the artist doesn’t need to be. There is a better way.
A good reminder today for us all, even if we don’t quite have the huge earlier success to live up to, but are just trying to find our way through our next creative project. If you’re the creative type, do yourself a favor and take 20 minutes to watch this sometime.