Being a creative is normally pretty cool. You get to create awesome stuff that you love, AND you get paid for it. But, let’s be honest, being a creative person isn’t always totally rosy.
And to be completely honest, being creative can be actual torture sometimes.
There’s a reason why Van Gogh cut off his ear, right? #hellotorturedartist
So let’s take a moment to appreciate the five life issues that make being creative torturous:
- Choosing a nail colour is a serious life decision.
I’m a happily married woman with three gorgeous baby girls. The very definition of stable and settled. And yet the idea of committing to one nail colour for four weeks fills me with legit anxiety. How do I know this nail colour is going to suit my outfit tomorrow, let alone in three weeks’ time? Argh! I don’t know! Stop trying to rush me, nail lady!
- Buying ridiculous stuff you’ll never use … ‘cos it looks good.
Has anyone seen the hot new UP & GO packaging? Never in my life have I had a liquid breakfast, but thanks to that clever designer I now have a six-pack in my pantry. But hey, seeing them all lined up makes me smile. That’s priceless, right?
- You can’t un-see text spacing issues.
I’m trying to read you, clever Instagram caption, but your effed-up text spacing is making my eyes bleed. And lord help any advertising campaign that dares stuff up their text spacing. I see you. I want to un-see you. But I can’t. Sob.
- Hi, my name is Anna. And I’m a white space addict.
It’s the air I breathe. The blood in my veins. And I’m not the only one. One of the designers in our cosy Facebook group admitted that she’s considering closing all of her ING accounts ‘cos the app screen is making her ill. White space is an actual life requirement, guys.
- Being on brand is a way of life.
Yep, so there’s a lot of pink in my wardrobe. I even hunted down a pair of pale pink leather converse sneakers just so I could be on brand. I also buy coffee mugs based on my brand and enjoy spending money on creating fun promotional goodies to promote my brand – like cushions, cookies & pins. I’m grinning right now just thinking about it.
And admit it … you are too.
It’s one of the things I love about you.
Another is that you’re totally going to comment and tell me the other quirks that make being creative torture.
Go on. I dare you.
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