Anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts are common in the world of left-brainers, and so often, they plague the artist. Vincent Van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Cobain, Robin Williams all were geniuses in their respective arts, and yet darkness consumed each of them as they became victims by their own hands. It’s no wonder our culture associates creativity with such a grave disposition. But what if this darkness didn’t need to consume the creative?
In a phenomenal TEDTalk from the author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert explains how the Greeks and Romans viewed creativity. Gilbert proposes we retreat to the ancient perspective to liberate ourselves from unnecessary pressures that so often lead the artist to darkness. You should really stop reading my summary of it, and watch it yourself: