I'm Never Lonely as Long as I Can Create

Why are artists typically lonely people who have trouble making friends?

Why are artists typically people who enjoy spending time alone, and many times, have trouble communicating - or even making friends?

Lonely Artist

There are many lonely artists out there. I know it - I am one of them. I have always been lonely, even before I started painting. I have always had trouble communicating, relating to others and making friends. Even in relationships, I have always felt alone.

It's through my art that I've found at least some consolation. My art is like a best friend - one who is always there through the ups and downs. I know I can always depend on my art and creativity to always be there, even if I don't have the means to express it.

I have tried other things to cope with loneliness as well, to keep busy and keep my mind occupied. In the past, I have been a big fan of video games, and spent countless hours engrossed in them. These days I don't play them so much, since I now see that it didn't allow me a solution to loneliness - they only allowed me to hide and escape from it - and from this world. The same goes with television and movies - which I now try to keep at a minimal in favor of my art.

The Solo One

For as long as I can remember, I have had trouble making friends. Even when I spent time around people, they talked about things I didn't relate to or wasn't interested in, such as who won the latest hockey game, or something political. When someone said something, I learned to just nod my head in approval, or smile to give the impression I related in some way - but I often didn't.

I think fondly of my art college days, mainly because I had friends with common interests. After college, I haven't managed to make any friends interested in art, except online friends of course. I have hundreds of online friends and family who I share my art with regularly, especially on Facebook. I appreciate them all very much.

I'm not sure what I would do if I didn't have that outlet. Since my failed marriage last spring, I have spent most of my time alone, with no means of personal communication, besides my mother and sister - who I appreciate very much.

The Call

There is one main upside to all this though - and that is I have gotten back into painting and writing - something which I stopped doing the past year. I have learned that it is only through struggle and hardship, and how I deal with it, that I will become a better person. I am using my loneliness for my benefit, and spending time doing all the things I enjoy - which are mainly painting and writing.

I know one thing - I'm never lonely as long as I can create!

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Graham Matthews: I'm Never Lonely as Long as I Can Create
I'm Never Lonely as Long as I Can Create
Why are artists typically lonely people who have trouble making friends?
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