Addiction: the condition of being addicted (to a habit), spec. the habitual use of narcotic drugs.
Creative: (3) having or showing imagination and artistic or intellectual inventiveness(creative writing). —- Webster’s New World Dictionary
I’m a writer: Creative. Word lover. Avid reader. Imaginative. Deep down there’s a pull to make believe; the desire to convince others that my imaginary friends are living, breathing human beings. My mind is alive with various characters, dialogue, settings, and plot lines. A chaotic place indeed.
But what is the correlation between addiction and creative people? Is it because we have so much inner turmoil constantly brewing that we struggle to numb; to quell our demons? Reaching for just a few minutes of quiet respite?
Some forms of addictions I am acutely aware of: Sex, drugs, alcohol, money, food, and even work; just to name a few of the better known ones. A beloved author of mine was besieged by his own inner demons: Edgar Allan Poe.
I still drink at times though older now I have learned to control it. But it my younger days I’d go all out. A mind crowded with thoughts and ideas to the point that either I wanted to either scream or numb it so that it could be controlled. Addictions find us in a frightening place. Sometimes I believe we rather not get the help so as to keep the juices of creativity flowing. Maybe we see our addictions as helping us be part of the bigger picture. To let us taste of the real world. To help us understand humanity on a deeper level. To make our character more real to those we are fortunate enough to have read our words.
Creative types are continually striving to create. We cannot put down that pen, brush, or instrument. We have learned not to fit the sway creativity hold over us. It is near impossible to still the hand, the heart, or the mind. Like air and water, creating is what keeps us alive; nourishes our souls. Without it, we are at a loss.
So if you have a child who decides, at a tender age, to pick up a pen, or a brush, or an instrument, or whatever they desire to do, do not discourage them. Even if you yourself feel bound to do one of these, do it! For it is the creative types who eventually change the world.