The 'YES' People
There is a different type of 'Yes Men'. Or women. Duh. Or non binary. Or animals actually.
But lemme get to the point. THE POINT IS:
If you are a creative person - then you are... a person. Any person is born creative. And there are a million ways to be creative. No, correction: there are INFINITE ways to be creative. And they're not all art related as it is likely to assume. Science is a very creative field. Academia is as well. Works of labor require creativity and over-all getting through this thing called life means we use creativity SOMEHOW on a daily basis.
So back to my point...: Find yourself your person or persons that will be your 'Yes people.'
The one, or ones if you are lucky, that will say yes to your wild dreams, to your risks, to your creative failings as well as your creative successes. The ones that encourage you to go forward, or deeper, and fail, and fail, and fail again. They are committed to your growth like you are.
Some 'Yes People' may have reservations or offer advice at times in your life... they may not be your 'Yes people' at all, or they may be 'Yes People' that also have a strong desire to protect you. Sometimes it will be for good reason - and they'd be good, VERY GOOD friends literally protecting you from a blind spot or worse. Other times - they'd be projecting their own fears on to you. Learn to spot the difference.
So when you are embarking on a new creative journey and need encouragement, motivation and support - you'll know to ask your full-on 'Yes People', and if you need the critical eye to challenge you and your choices - you'll turn to the 'Protective Yes People.' They may not say YES to you all the time... but they'll give you an equally important point of view - they'll help you see all facets of your creative journey so you can approach it with more nuance and perspective.
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In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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