The Link Between Drama and Creativity
It might be your drama…or the drama of someone you know?
But the next thing you know you are completely immersed in it and everything else has fallen to the background. This is urgent. This requires your immediate attention and energy. All of it. After all, this is drama! And we love drama.
Part of it is just life. This happens.
However, as creative people we tend to be drawn to it. Drama can feel creative. It can also fuel and inspire our creative works.
It can also be a distraction from our real work.
I’ve discovered that when I notice myself completely immersed in drama (and often it is someone else’s stuff that I’ve chosen to get swept up into) I stop and ask myself if A) it’s really necessary and serving any purpose, and B) what am I avoiding in my own life?
Often it’s my creative work.
There are many reasons for this…our creative work is scary, for example, and so we seek a means of avoiding it yet satisfying our creative impulses at the same time.
Drama can feel like a creative outlet.
It can, ironically, be a mask for our real creative work.
The challenge is that we must learn to channel that drama back into our work.
When I am steadily working away on my creative project, it can be pretty amazing to notice that much of the drama that seemed so urgent and important at the time has fallen away.
It’s like the universe has noticed that I am productively occupied and moves on to the next soul waiting to be distracted.
This, of course, does not refer to life’s catastrophes and crisis and things out of our control that do require our attention, energy, and emotions.
Here, I’m defining drama as elective catastrophes. The ones that we choose to get drawn into – and the ones that we really don't need to be involved with and where we're serving no real purpose other than adding fuel to a flame.
And yes, it can be fun. It can be a bonding experience with other people. I don’t think we can or even should eliminate it altogether.
This shouldn't be yet another opportunity to beat ourselves up for not doing our creative work. Let’s just start to notice and cultivate awareness that this can happen.
It’s about finding balance. And making sure we get our creative work done amidst life’s ups and downs.
So the next time we find ourselves completely immersed in our friend’s crisis or whatever has taken our attention…maybe check-in to make sure we’re not just neglecting that project that needs our attention. We can still be there for our friends, but we must tend to our own work first.
The good news is that our creative work can reap the benefits of our dramatic natures.
When we pour all of that drama into our creative work it can truly become a force of nature.
And that’s really cool. And so much more satisfying.