Answer #1: Recently, I emerged from a severe and serious “meaning crisis” related to creating. The specific causes don’t matter, really, but the questions they provoke do:
Does my work matter?
Who really gives a shit (other than me)?
Is it worth it?
Am I just wasting my time?
Thanks to the love of my little family, friends and a book titled The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Person’s Path Through Depression by Eric Maisel, Ph.D.—as well as my decision to “force life to mean” (to quote Maisel))—I’ve experienced an epiphany:
My creative choices must stem from a personal creed—my very own declaration of meaning and purpose.
Not from expectations.
Or the marketplace.
Or fellow Creatives.
I must decide what life means. What my art means. What I mean.
And I did that by asking:
What is my truth?
What are my principles?
What are my desires?
From that, I created a personal creed, a sturdy rationale for living and creating.
So answer #1 is that I’ve birthed another blog because, as an extrovert, I often need to “see” my assumptions, explorations and conclusions to form a feedback loop. An online journal, if you will.
Answer 2: Why this blog? For a long time, I wanted to blog about creativity, but I couldn’t figure out a satisfying, encompassing, personal angle.
Emerging from my meaning crisis, I’ve becoming acutely aware of other hurting Creatives.
We live in a mean, jaded, shallow world full of pessimists, haters and malcontents.
But we’re not them.
We are Creatives. Destined to light fires, change perspectives, inspire visions and hold up a mirror to society.
We are the beauty in life.
Creo is a Latin verb whose older and original meaning is “to make grow”. Literally translated, Creo means:
- I create, make, produce
- I beget, give birth to
- I prepare, cause
- I choose
So I decided to call this blog CREO, and snagged the domain name Creo.Life.
Here, I will share how I prepare, create, choose and birth.
And I hope Creo.Life serves as a beacon (or warm blanket) to other Creatives on this Heroic Journey of making art and making meaning.