I did not make up either of those words. Melissa Dinwiddie, of Creative Sandbox uses “pluralist”. Emilie Wapnick uses the term "multipotentialites". Either way, they mean about the same thing, that my brain is wired to be able to function equally well in more than one creative field and feels deprived when I can't free range my interests.
In the past, I spent a lot of time thinking I was a failure for not being able to stick to any one thing. I wasted so much time in indecision about what to focus on, that I did nothing for fear it would be wrong or my family would disapprove. I felt helpless, unable to make even the simplest decisions. Literally overnight, I suddenly was without a family and homeless. I had to take responsibility for me, I had to trust me and embrace all of me. I had to make my own decisions.
Painter, sculptor, woodworker, writer, website and graphic designer, arts and crafts teacher. I am an obsessive researcher, and love to share that knowledge, and I absolutely love to write research papers, for fun. Just to name a few of the things I have done over the years. My brain is forever running in circles and I am always seeking something new to become good at.
I refuse to believe I have to do only one thing for the rest of my life. I am aware of what I want and need and am not afraid to make decisions or change my mind. Most importantly, I do not need anyone's assurance or reassurance that I am strong enough to get what I want out of my life. I no longer apologize to anyone if I do not meet their expectations of me, nor do I need to apologize to myself if for a moment of time I fall short. I am just human.
..is to not try. It does not matter if I am successful or unsuccessful in any attempt to navigate some course of action. Not being successful does not mean I have failed or that I am a failure, it simply means, I was not successful at that particular time.
The important thing for me to remember is to not let being unsuccessful for a moment lead to true failure... loss of hope, loss of emotional feelings or a diminished capacity to care. These things are what lead to real failure... giving up and no longer trying.
I know despair and depression are the weapons my mind uses to immobilize me and keep me from trying again. Learning to take the next step, just to keep moving is the only way to succeed. Pausing only long enough to gather my bearings and renew my strength. As long as I put one foot in front of the other I can consider myself successful.
So many people seem to feel their day is incomplete without verification from numerous sources of how bad things are. People make themselves feel so hopeless and give up their dreams with the excuse that the world is just to bad for them to try. But worse than that, this type of behavior leads people to do everything they can to make others feel hopeless.
Artistic creators are some of the people hit hard by well meaning family, friends, and even barely known acquaintances. People who seem to feel that it is their duty to make these dreamers face reality, and educate these delusional lazy layabouts who just want to hole up in their studios and hide from the world.
Here is some proof that even artists are aware of how bad off the world really is. Here is proof that artists are in a unique position to present those facts. Most importantly, here is proof you can live an artistic life and not sub-come to the depressed apathy of the job, couch and the nightly news, bed, and repeat, dead end cycle so many immerse themselves in.
Terrifying Photos of People Lying in 7 Days Worth Of Their Garbage
The Fiction of Aftermath: Public Art, Public Imagination and the Aesthetics of Anthropogenic Crisis
Art for Social Change
Want more, there is plenty? Try these two sample search terms in Google image search... “trash art” and “social art”
So, as a creative, what really makes you angry about the world?