Life as a Multidimensional Creative Being

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.

About tropicaltheartist

You can find out more about me here: There aren’t many people that exist in that conjunction of art, design, science and engineering, but this is where I live. I am an artist, a musician, a designer, a creator, a scientist, a technologist, an innovator and an engineer and I have a genuine, deep passion for each field. Most importantly, I am able to see the connections and similarities between each field of intellectual endeavour and apply the lessons I learn in one discipline to my other disciplines. To me, they are all part of the same continuum of creativity. I write about what I know, through my blogs, in the hope that something I write will resonate with a reader and help them enjoy their own creative life more fully. I am, in summary, a highly creative individual, but with the ability to get things done efficiently. Not all of these skills are valued by the world at large, but I am who I am and this is me. The opinions stated here are my own and not necessarily the opinion or position of my employer.
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14 Responses to Life as a Multidimensional Creative Being

  1. becky says:

    That is why I highly admire most those who will say they are a painter writer AND singer. Or a photographer writer AND painter or a Comedian Painter AND Writer. THAT IS so COOL! i think. And really who wouldn’t want to be if they COULD?
    Life as a Multidimensional Creative Being is a masterful piece!!
    An author Barbara Sher writes some books on the subect of wanting to do so many things that a person becomes blocked. Can’t recall the titles right now but I do own the books! haha

  2. leslieallyn says:

    i just stumbled on this while searching for ideas on how to make sense of my life…
    thank you. your insights into this type of personality are incredibly accurate and refreshingly validating! i have tried to explain myself for so many years… why i need so much time, why a job in one field or another drains me, why it’s necessary for me to build a table or sew a dress while getting ready for an art show of paintings, and why i get so frustrated to hear the advice of “just simplify.” it’s a blessing to be multi-talented i guess, but also a curse to have the need to fulfill every creative idea (not to mention financially frustrating in this world). ok, so i didn’t really get any clarity, but it definitely helped me feel a little less crazy and a lot more valid. thanks again.

    • The next step (and it’s one that all the multidimensional creative beings that I know struggle with) is how to play to those strengths. There is power in the diversity of your talents and the potential to de-risk your income earning capacity, since you are always able to organize multiple, simultaneous income streams. Your eggs never need be in one basket. That’s actually a very good thing.

      Glad you found the post useful. 🙂

  3. Love this. I’m a musician (guitar/piano/voice), poet, freelance writer and work part-time in a library. I always struggle with which tasks to prioritize, bc I love them all, except the ones that end up just being “to pay the bills.”

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  7. Thank you for this article. This helped me realize my potential rather seeing as a burden, that I even wrote a blog about this article and how it inspired me to continue what I’m doing. Thank you again.

  8. Flow Clark says:

    Feels good to know you’re not alone on this. At age 25, it’s tough to express these difficulties at times. Balancing/Embracing your passions while managing obligations as a “responsible adult” can be extremely daunting at times, but as long as we surround ourselves with the right energies all will be fine. Thanks for sharing this.

    • To people like this, it remains a mystery why the world cannot be organised in such a way that polymathic people are accommodated. In my mid 50s, it still mystifies me. The solution is not beyond our grasp. Thank you so much for commenting and I appreciate you sharing your feelings about it.

  9. Tapasvi says:

    Hey so, I stumbled across this while googling the words “Multidimensional Artist”. I am 19 and am an Artist, Philosopher, Writer, Poet, DJ, EDM producer and aspiring actor. ^_^ I believe that if you want to do many things, you need to become more efficient and master the skills at the core – learning and cognitive skills. And as for fitting into society.. There are many ways a person like that can fit in I think. The term “Jack of all trades and master of none” applies to a person just randomly messing around. So I think that a multidimensional creative being would need to be very passionate and hardworking and figure out ways to earn from doing things he loves and not do much extra work to earn. ^_^

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