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Back in May, I tried to write about what it means to be a creative person.

Christian songwriter and blogger Shaun Groves explains it so much better than I did:

Creative people are weird complex. So this series is my attempt to explain us to anyone having to work or live with us. Each statement is laid out as a contradiction. I’m borrowing heavily from researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People but putting him in my own words. It’s more creative that way.

Keep in mind that these are generalities, which means they won’t be true all the time for everyone.

1. Energetic and reserved. Creatives aren’t lazy. We were built with two modes: work and idle. It’s important essential for a creative person to spend time in both.

Read the rest of Shaun’s post.

For some reason, this makes me feel much better about myself. I guess as Dr. Phil would say, i feel validated. I’m tired of trying to fit into a mold that is the wrong shape. I cannot mold myself into the shape of …

  • The Perfect House Mine is generally a wreck. Live with it.
  • The Early Riser. I can stay up, but my mind doesn’t get into gear until well after noon. Why is early morning considered more virtuous than late night?
  • The Advance Planner I’m not the one who has all the Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving. Forget it. That’s part of the fun of the season for me — shopping on Christmas Eve for that last-minute gift. Deadlines don’t faze me; in fact sometimes they energize me.
  • I Always Look Perfect Drop by my house unannounced while I’m working on a project and I’ll welcome you, as I love a spontaneous visit, but be warned: you are likely to find me in mismatched sweats, with my hair sticking up in all directions and dishes in the sink. If you can deal with that, you are welcome to drop by.
  • Prim and Proper I’m sorry, that’s just funny. I’m opinionated and blunt. I’m not great at euphemisms; I’m usually the one who just says what everyone is thinking and makes them all squirm.

So, if you like me, you do not like me for my wallet, my perfect house, my political correctness or my image, because those are all shot to crap in the first five minutes you meet me. You are either appalled and disgusted by me, or you like me for me.

I’m good with that.

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