Cope With Life Using Creativity

Not out of the ordinary, a couple of my input vehicles for continued education crossed paths—an episode of the Unmistakable Creative and the book Daring Greatly. The intersection is coping mechanisms.

Brene Brown, in Daring Greatly, calls our attention to our use of vices, which she calls numbing. We use alcohol, social media, TV, etc. to numb our pain. Pain is not a casual way to explain the feelings of anxiety, sadness, or regret, but it’s not inaccurate. If not pain, call it intense discomfort, at the least.

We have moments (whether measured in minutes or days) when we are intensely uncomfortable in our skin, when our life is not satisfying. We can numb this pain momentarily with a few drinks and/or watching episodes of shows we long ago stopped carrying about.

Or, as Srini points out in one of his podcast recaps, we can use creativity as a coping mechanism. Creativity takes you to “that place where your inner child comes out to play.” When children make believe time has no meaning. This is the same thing that happens to me when I’m caught up in a drawing or design.

I feel that creativity is to bring something into the world that beforehand only existed in our imagination. It would be hard for me to trust an argument that denies the healthy benefit of that. If you can find a way to replace your bad vices with creative activity, then do it to improve your life.

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