Being a “creative person” requires a basket full of skills and abilities; things like time-management, the ability to multitask, and faith. I say faith because at some point in the process, when you are neck-deep in your project, there will come a point where you will be certain that it cannot be finished, that the project will not come to fruition, and in some way you will fail.
Yet as any person who has ever done theatre can tell you, the Monday before opening night it feels like things will not come together, but when the curtain falls after the first performance, there is a surge of surprise-mingled satisfaction that somehow it did. It is one of the magical things I happen to love about theatre. But it spoils me.
It spoils me because this is not the case with all creative endeavors—even theatre can suffer from things not being done in time. Sometimes our projects do not come to the fruition that we hoped for or imagined. Sometimes a deadline comes and goes, and yet there we are, still plugging away, trying to accomplish our goals. Sometimes we are tempted to believe we have failed. Here is the tension that creativity can put in our lives: the finished product is what we aim for, but the process can be just as important—yet even knowing this cannot distract us from pushing toward completion. We can value the journey, but not to the exclusion of finishing what we start. Faith comes into play in so many ways through the creative process.
I think creative people know a lot about faith.
This tension reminds us that though plans are so necessary, it wasn’t entirely the plan that got it done in the end. In fact, sometimes our creative endeavors see life in spite of our plans, rather than because of them.
At least, that is how the creative experience seems to play out for me, time and time again. Has the experience been the same for you?