Leading a creative live is fulfilling but there is a small price to pay. The reality is that everyone around you may not understand all of the creative lives you currently lead or will ever lead. Actually, I can promise you that this will be the case.
Leonard Nimoy, famously known as Dr. Spock on the original series Star Trek is a perfect example. Shortly after his death, there were many quotes, articles and commentary that exploded all over the internet and of course on social media. Many posts with the comments, “I did not know Nimoy was a photographer.”
Nimoy wasn’t just any photographer, but one with great depth adding another dimension to our perception of the human form through his artistic endeavors. As I saw some of the comments I even recalled out loud to myself, “Oh yes, that’s right, he was a photographer, I missed his exhibit that was held in Northampton. What a life!” Yet images of my childhood filled with remembrances of Dr. Spock easily flooded my brain. Nimoy commented on the complications of moving from one art form to another and some of the constraints within that, especially from the public who may place you in one role.
Some of us may never be a character such as Dr. Spock or be bold enough to explore various fields of talent like Nimoy did. However, his existence is encouragement to not only explore and adventure, but to be different creative and artistic selves regardless of the box that many may create for you. Think about all of the different imaginings that family, friends, partners, lovers, and most around you may envision your creative life different than what you see or live? Or can you recall a time when you shared information about a favorite hobby or a passion, and someone who thought they “knew” you was surprised and/or continued to only remember you within the narrow space that they carved crafted for you?
Here is my point and what I want all of us to draw from how Leonard Nimoy lived–be audacious and and don’t feel compelled to just be or choose one thing in your professional or creative life. Cultivate many selves in our life as opposed to forcing the premature death of your other selves (creative, professional or otherwise).
Approach your creative life and passions with a wild adventurous spirit regardless of whether or not others around you will understand it. And if you decide to place that creative exploratory upon a shelf in the mythical land of someday, just make sure it is not because the life of that passion imposes upon someone else’s vision for you.