My friend was depressed. In a funk. He just returned from an amazing event where he was surrounded with creative genius. Surrounded by people that understood him. The way he thought. The way he worked.
But then he got home. To his church. To the mundane day to day. Lofty ideas and the buzz of possibilities don’t live in the day to day world. At least for most people.
He got back to a group of people who couldn’t understand the way he thought – the way he worked. He was lonely. How many of you have experienced this same loneliness? I have.
It’s not that our thoughts are somehow higher or better…but they are different. And many people can’t relate with them.
But here’s some encouragement. You aren’t alone in this lonely world of art. Almost every artist lives within that loneliness. You aren’t the only one.
And just like you yearn to be surrounded with folks like you, they do too. They want the same thing you want. So you can reach out. You can call someone up and go to coffee. You don’t have to feel silly reaching out…because they’ll reach right back.
Healthy artists live within communities of other artists. You don’t have to be alone. You don’t have to be misunderstood.
Next time you’re feeling that loneliness, find someone on Facebook. Call the church down the road. Chat with me. Reach out and start some community. Art is lonely, but it doesn’t have to be.