I can’t help but do it
Sometimes it needs another person stating the obvious so we recognize ‘the truth’. In this case it is John January from the American Copywriter podcast on their blog about creativity. He beginns with
So, we’ve been talking lately about the fact that creative people (and this definition stretches beyond any job title) have no choice but to create. It’s not an option. It’s just part of their DNA. Whether they create for money or whether they create for joy, some people are born with an inherent need to burn off creative energy. Some involved in the discussion here are somewhat skeptical of the idea. But I think it’s true.
I agree that creativity is a skill, not a job title. He ends with:
Not everyone was born to live a creative life. But if you were, it’s critical that you give yourself multiple outlets to express it. Trust me, you’ll be a happier and more productive person for it.
Don’t forget to read the inbetween. ;)
Yes, me too – I can’t help but do it. To stop doing what I do means denying large part of the person I am – which will make me unhappy. Veeeery unhappy.
But you can’t have everything in one place. So John’s suggestion to have hobby’s which challenge other aspects of your creative mind seems like a very good plan. And the next time you are wondering why people can’t stop doing what they do – just let them play. :) They can’t help but do it.