If you’re in a relationship with a creative person, the truth is that you’re dealing with a personality that’s in its own category. Lucky you because this ride with such a personality type will be anything less than boring. Below are some points to hopefully validate your experience or help you to become more understanding of the quirks and ever so intricate mind of your partner.
Their Way of Thinking Is Not Linear. A creative mind is always twisting, turning and driven by fierce curiosity. Don’t be surprised if topics change faster than you can keep up with. Impulsivity is real for these folks. Creatives tend to have rapid fire minds that spider web all over the place. This can be exhausting to be on the other end of, AND, it can also enrich your experience of life because it’s guaranteed to be anything other than stale.
They Need Space to Feed Their Souls and Create. Creativity has a rhythm and flow which requires space. Your artsy partner will have cycles of creation where they show up as less present and inconsistent. They’re doing what they do, which is feeding their artistic side and honoring their creative process. Just as there are four seasons in a year that are fixed, a creative is pulled to respect their unique cyclical flow. This can be difficult to be on the other end of, although being apart of the creation process can have great benefits. Hang in there.
They Don’t Follow The Masses. Creatives form their own narrative. They ask why? They challenge what others unquestionably do because it’s what they were told to do. They question the norm. They possess a natural tendency to challenge the status quo. This leads to a “road less traveled” approach to life, which is a mysterious, exciting and interesting ride. Are you in?
They Feel Through Mediums. Often times a creative has a medium or a variety of mediums that they speak through. This can be photography, painting, furniture design, interior design, writing, drawing, what have you. Knowing what your partners artistic language is can help you better understand their process and inner being.
They Are Forever Young. Creatives tend to be pretty tapped into their inner child. They often see through child like eyes, which has the tendency to keep things lively and fun. They can have excitement that matches any 8 year old around. Keeping up with this energy can be difficult at times, but it will keep things far from boring.
Their Emotions Can Fluctuate Quickly and Drastically. Since creatives tend to feel their emotions deeply, it can lead to some pretty drastic shifts in mood. Their sensitive soul is often the source of both their best creations and deepest of sufferings.
Procrastination Is Often Their Best Friend. Many creatives pride themselves on performing best when under the pressure of a timeline. The output of creative energy that a last minute rush embodies is what a creative often prides himself on. Although, this can be stressful to be on the other end of, it tends to be apart of the developing process for many creatives.
We need creative humans with all their beautiful quirk to keep the world going around and balanced. Although some of these character traits can cause issues and be difficult to be on the receiving end of, finding understanding and a successful way to approach your unique partner can result in a beautiful connection and loving partnership.
Cheers to all my creatives and those who love them.
*Above image by Amy Lynn Bjornson, Lifestyle & Wedding Photographer.