People who express themselves often find that their emotions easiest to articulate when there is pain. When you write, sing, dance, act, or create in any way, it is true that often the artist’s most admirable work comes from a place of pain or suffering. It’s as if externalizing those emotions creates something beautiful…it’s a strange phenominon.
The best example I can think of to illustrate this is John Milton. He was an accomplished writer, revolutionist, and progressive thinker for his entire life. However, after the collapse of the English Commonwealth, which he had worked so hard to help establish, Milton, an extremely pious man, felt that God had personally abandoned him. In his fit of abandonment, and in working through it, he produced Paradise Lost- an epic poem that stands so strongly out in a lifetime of accomplished writing that scholars still struggle to comprehend where it came from.
It came from that supreme place of pain. And it’s obvious the best poetry is written by those who are heart broken, not those who have found love…it causes us to open up an area of creativity that we don’t often touch. My idea is this: If we are aware of this, of what pain can help us produce, why can ‘t we immediately dedicate ourself to expression in moments of pain? That thing we produce will invariably be an external manifestation- it’ll be therapy, it’ll be release, it will be gorgeous, and it will be an experience shared.
So next time you’re heart is broken, the next time you’re waiting up all night for a phone call that won’t come, the next time you fail an exam, the next time you break a bone playing sports, the next time something you want doesn’t happen,
I want you to pick up whatever tool you use to help you create, and I want you to leave it all on the table. Make something beautiful out of something ugly. And be proud of it
- Writer’s Eye: He said it, Not me.
- Words Are My Weapon: Half Daze