Life as a multidimensional creative being can be difficult. What is a multidimensional creative being? If you are one, you know you are. You understand what it means. Most people will tell you there’s no such thing. What it means to me is somebody that is creative in many ways, at the same time. People, who have a talent and passion for making music, painting, writing, creating software, carving wood, etc, but all in the same person, could be called multidimensional creative beings. That’s a difficult affliction because it leads to three problems: identity, recognition, focus and frustration. OK, that’s four problems.
Because most people are not creative (or more accurately, do not nurture, develop and pursue their innate creativity actively), anybody that is creative is simply considered to be “artistic”. People whose creative output spans many different arts and sciences are not generally recognised as such. There is an underlying assumption, somehow, that everybody can only be good at one thing, therefore only interested in one thing. You can’t be both an artist and a scientist at the same time, so goes the orthodoxy.
With the assumption that you can only be good at one thing comes the label that you are made to wear. You are always labelled as just one thing: painter, writer, musician, songwriter, programmer, inventor, etc. For a multidimensional creative being, labelling them in that way immediately depreciates their other creative outlets. It asserts that they are and can only ever be good at one of their creative outputs, so that’s what their identity shall be. That’s not a straight jacket that a multidimensional creative being can comfortably wear, but in casting it off, they become without identity entirely. People have no idea how to describe a creature like that. The default is to consider them indescribable, unfathomable, inscrutable and invisible.
Because there is no convenient label (or at least no label that fits well), there is little chance of the value of a multidimensional creative being’s output being valued at its true worth. Either they find that one of their talents is valued at market value and the rest considered valueless, or else it’s all devalued because of a perceived lack of specialization. There really is no job title or even job specialization called “multidimensional creative being” that I have ever heard of. If it isn’t a job, there is no recognised pay scale. There are no job ads. It doesn’t matter that the sum total of the multidimensional creative being’s creative output may amount to something of great value, when evaluated objectively. Unless they make a job for themselves, there are virtually no opportunities to be recognised for that multidimensionality in the job market.
While having many creative talents and outputs is as natural as breathing to the multidimensional, it is undoubtedly true that some creative tasks do require concentrated focus to achieve to a high standard. The internal conflict that causes in the multidimensional being is that the focus on one thing dilutes their multidimensionality and makes them feel like they are sorely neglecting their other passions. That just doesn’t feel right. It feels like waste. It feels wrong. The essence of the multidimensional is in achieving a high standard at many things, allowing none of them to wither.
And that leads us to frustration. If you can’t get a job as a multidimensional creative being, you probably have to earn a crust doing just one thing. That leaves precious little time to do all the other creative things. Unfortunately, being multidimensional means you need a lot of time to do all of the creative things you feel impelled to do. Having carved out your waking hours to earn a living doing just one thing, it means you are left spread mighty thinly on your other creative outlets. That leads to frustration. There isn’t the time to get it all done.
It’s no good telling a multidimensional creative being that life would be easier for them, if only they conformed to the required labels and renounced all but one of their creative outlets. They can’t. It’s like asking which three of your four limbs you are willing to lose. They’re stuck with being who they are and how they function.
That’s why life as a multidimensional creative being can sometimes be confusing, annoying, depressing and painful. They don’t easily fit, in this world. They don’t fit, but they can’t be anything other than whom they are, or else they must sacrifice their authenticity. And yet, the fruits of their creativity can be spectacular, if a way is found to let them all shine.
In the end, the only way for a multidimensional to be happy is to do all the things they do, to the best of their ability, all the time, without fear of starvation. Perhaps they are a very special kind of starving artist…err scientist….err whatever.