Here's to personal growth. A toast to the creative mind.
I recently celebrated a birthday. I'm 26 years old now. With this new year I've become more stable in my mindset, but of course I've still maintained just enough ignorance to stumble. You'll have to excuse me, as this blog may come off a bit personal.
40 Year Old Virgin
There is a 40 year old woman in my training class. She comes bright and early with more energy than me and definitely more effort. I recently found out that she is 5 months pregnant with her first child. I've never had a child, but from the videos I've studied online and the mothers I've spoken with it's not a walk in even the trashiest of parks.
Even the most painful experience doesn't deter them from telling me that they wouldn't trade it for the world. I've never had a child but, for the sake of this metaphor and at the risk of offending everyone who has experienced child birth, I will say that I have experienced painful personal growth.
To Be or Not to Be
I once read that creatives have an alternate view of the world because we are used to failing. With the practice and criticism it takes to get to where we are, we are not often concerned with typical social issues. It's a selfish way of thinking really. A pedestal if you will. It is my theory that this is why we perform on stages and seem to lose our rationality when the spotlights cut off. In short, we're all kind of sociopaths. Think about it. Do you remember that "All The World's a Stage" passage? If you don't know the details, I'm sure you've heard the quote. It was written by one of the most legendary creatives to this day, William Shakespeare. A man who made a mark on this world by exposing mental issues in the forms of characters. It's almost as if he personified schizophrenia. You have to wonder where his mind was or if he even had it. Either way, he definitely had an alternate way of thinking.
Even in Our Oddities, we grow.
With a mind so easily healed or so easily adapted to loss, however you want to view it, where do we stand when it comes to painful personal growth?
"It is within our oddities that we found strength. It is within our oddities that we found understanding. It is within our oddities that we find personal growth."
I'd like to say that we are like the 40 year old woman in my class. Socially out of range, yet confident that regardless of our knowledge of the painful experience we will make it through. It is within our oddities that we found strength. It is within our oddities that we found understanding. It is within our oddities that we find personal growth. I've never had a child, but I wouldn't trade my past experiences for the world.What was one of your painful personal growth experiences? What effect has it had on your mind today? Leave a comment below.