why pursuing creativity isn’t a bad thing

Hi loves,

I’ve had a bit of a realisation lately, which I thought I’d share with you all. What is it I hear you ask?

Well, angels. Allow me to tell you.

My whole life I’ve always been more academic rather than creative. I’ve always had good grades, been in the top classes for my subjects, yada yada yada. You know what I mean. Whenever I thought of the word “creative” instantly my mind would turn to art, I can’t draw to save my life and so I thought oh well, guess I’ll stick with my academic subjects then. I also can’t sing, dance, act – anything of the sort. When I stupidly realised that writing is also a form of creativity (creative writing – wake up Chloe) I became a little more inspired, though obviously English is still classed as more of an academic subject rather than an art.

It’s only recently within the past year or so as I’ve been taking my writing to new places and creating this blog, that I’ve realised I’m a lot more creative than I thought. I always thought I was more academic because I’d get good grades in those types of subjects but couldn’t draw or paint to save my life, but over time I’ve grown to slowly realise that it’s absolutely not as black and white as it all seems.

The problem with the arts, or creative subjects as they’re also known, is that people think they’re a waste of time. We’re made to feel that we shouldn’t study or pursue them because, where is a degree in drama going to get us? Why spend years studying art and drawing when you could be getting a PhD in mathematics? Screw that. Pursue your creativity. I didn’t go to university because I would’ve studied English and quite frankly, I didn’t know where that was going to lead me when I eventually graduated and came home with no job and a degree I had no idea what to do with. I would’ve studied creative writing or English literature with publishing (not sure of the exact name, it’s something along those lines) but I never did. I don’t regret it in the sense that I sit here every day wondering why the hell I didn’t go, but I wish I could’ve still studied it without the full time commitment of actually being at university…you know?

Now, due to Youtube and social media getting bigger by the day – being a ‘creator’ as they call it, whether that’s a blogger, public figure, Youtube star etc. – it’s all becoming a lot more accepted now, which is why I think I’m actually allowing myself to try and go down this path and believe that actually yes, I could have a career in something that I actually love to do – writing.

Some people are born knowing what they want to do / who they want to be – they want to be a ballet dancer, a fire fighter, a science teacher, a popstar etc. I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I still don’t now which is why I’m kind of just coasting along at the minute and exploring the different options, allowing myself to believe that if I can dream it then I can achieve it. The only thing I know how to do wholeheartedly, is write. English was always my favourite subject at school and I’ve always exceeded at it academically (I really hope that doesn’t sound conceited) but when it came to jobs and finishing the studying to actually go out into the real world – what was I going to do with it? I thought about becoming an English teacher which is what everyone has always told me I should do ever since I was little, and even though I loved the idea of it, my heart just wasn’t in it enough to pursue it. Now that I have my own time to figure it out, I’m realising that I can just write for myself and other people and actually make a career out of it – whether that’s freelancing, blogging etc., those are the options I’m exploring at the minute, because there are people out there right now doing the things that I am, but actually getting paid for it. Who says I can’t push myself to be next on the list?

Growing up we’re made to feel like anything that isn’t academic is a waste of time, and that we shouldn’t pursue it because it will get us nowhere. That was the mindset I grew up with and I can’t tell you how wrong that is, how damaging that is to the soul. My heart is with writing, it always has been – creative writing and poetry to name a couple of examples. I always thought to myself “right, maybe if I work hard then I can have a career in English, but I shouldn’t get too excited because it’s going to have to be something like writing boring articles in newspapers or writing instruction manuals for Ikea furniture” etc. Something that I wasn’t going to enjoy, and something that my heart definitely wasn’t going to be in, because I believed that yes I could pursue English, but only the academic side, not the artistic creative side, because that was a waste of time and I wasn’t going to get anywhere with it – I would have to sacrifice my passion and my enthusiasm for what I loved, just for the practical side of things – just because that’s the only option I thought I had in this world.

Screw that! If creativity is the path for you thenΒ follow it.Β Don’t let anyone tell you it’s a waste of time or that you can’t make a career for yourself out of it, because you can.Β There are people doing it right now as you’re reading this – who’s to say you can’t be next?Β 

Everyone in life has their calling, and if yours happens to be in the arts, then so what? Why should we be made to feel inadequate or inferior, or less talented because of it? Like we’re a waste of being, like we could’ve been something so much more but we chose to go down a dead end path instead where we’d never achieve or amount to anything. Some people love maths and you love to draw. If that’s what your heart is telling you you were put here to do, then do it. Right now. I am so ridiculously inspired lately and I want all of you to be too, I would rather feed my soul than my bank account. If I could make a living doing what I loved with all of my passions and my soul fulfilled, even if it meant I’d barely make a living from it, I’d still choose it over anything else because that’s what I care about at the end of the day – being happy. Being inspired and growing and creating a life for myself where I love every day and what I do – what I create with it.

So I encourage you to stop reading this now and go, run my children. Be free from all of these academic constraints and pursue your creativityΒ β™‘

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!”

All my love,

Chloe .xx

42 thoughts on “why pursuing creativity isn’t a bad thing

  1. paintwithpat says:

    I have been glancing a a number of blogs today, just to glean ideas. I find that too many of them seem to want to impress followers with their extensive vocabulary. I found your submission interesting and, at least for me, very understandable. Thank you… Oh yes, I also liked your message. Well done.

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  2. sandyfield49 says:

    Funny word academic. When used as a noun i.e. a person in education, I think you have to be creative to get anywhere whether you are teaching or researching. Academic as an adjective can mean of no practical relevance, which is how I think you use it but even what we think of a non-practical now may become relevant in the future. I think this happens when somebody takes a creative leap and tries to answer the what if questions. I am glad you are finding some answers to your questions.

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    • hell0chloe says:

      This was an interesting take on things – I think we all need to take that creative leap and answer the “what if” questions like you said, because these are the things that drive us to change things for the better in the first place. Thank you for reading!

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  3. Miriam says:

    Go for it Chloe. Go for those dreams and don’t let anyone hold you back. ❀️ I realised my dreams of being a published magazine writer years ago and these days I’m still aiming high. Your blog is your foundation. Use it well and enjoy. πŸ™‚

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  4. The Style of Laura Jane says:

    This is such a beautifully written piece and I can completely relate.
    My friends were academic – my best friend was one of the smartest girls in my year and although I achieved good grades in English, I never felt that I was smart enough to be a journalist which is what I originally wanted.
    I ended up leaving college and training to become a makeup artist (at the time it was not as big as it is today). I think just about everyone in my life thought that I was crazy. I did go on to get good freelance jobs but I soon realised that my heart was not in it and that I really should have stayed with writing.
    Fast-forward to now and I have built up my publishing portfolio and a really exciting career opportunity has presented itself. It feels amazing to finally know what I want to do. You are a very talented writer and I can tell by the way that your writing flows and how you always entice a reader to read a new paragraph. I would say keep exploring your options and when you feel confident with one – pursue it all the way because you will make it. And apologies for the overly long comment! xx

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    • hell0chloe says:

      Thank you so so much, and please never apologise for long comments – I absolutely love them!! I also used to want to be a journalist until I realised what it actually meant and I realised I definitely didn’t want to be that person – shoving mics in people’s faces and asking shallow questions that were offensive to whoever was answering, basically writing articles full of lies and scandal in order to get the best story. I haven’t researched it in depth for a very long time so maybe it’s changed, but when I sort of realised the jist of the whole thing, it definitely wasn’t for me. I’m so excited for you and this new opportunity because I believe in you so much and I know you’re absolutely more than capable of doing this – you’re a natural! Thank you so much for reading and for your lovely words as always ✨ I’m so excited to see what happens next for both of us!! xxx

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  5. thevisualdiaryofabs says:

    Yes yes yes. When I was little, I’d sit on the computer and write endless stories. Me and my best friend sat and made videos every single weekend just for fun, and it’s so crazy people can make a living out of it now! I feel like this industry has been calling my name for a long time, and I’m so appreciative that you can actually build a career from it now.

    I am in awe of your writing every time I read your blog, and I 110% think you can make a career out of this – you have serious talent xxx

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    • hell0chloe says:

      I always think it’s so important to go back to our childhood and remember what we used to love doing before the world told us it wasn’t good enough, before we had to ‘grow up’ and put our adult heads on. I believe that whatever we used to love when we were younger is our true calling and that magic should never fade away as we get older. Honestly I read all of your blog posts and watch your YT videos and I think you’re a natural at it – there is definitely a place for you here!! I’m so excited to see your journey because I know it’s going to be something great. Thank you for reading and for your lovely words as always!! They mean such a lot πŸ’žβœ¨xxx

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  6. Georgia Beth says:

    Another amazing post Chloe!!! Its so true about the stigma around pursuing a creative career which is so sad and it’s something I dealt with a lot when it came to Music! I love your attitude though and you have such a talent for writing so chase them dreams girl 😁 xx

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    • hell0chloe says:

      Ahh thank you so much lovely! It’s so disheartening that we’ve been taught almost to take the more sensible option rather than pursue the things we actually love to do, just because of the way we’ve been conditioned to think. I’m definitely going against all of that now and just following what I love ✨ Thank you for your lovely words xxx

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  7. seaofwordsx says:

    Wow this is so beautiful written! πŸ’œ I can sing and wanted to be famous but now I don’t wanna anymore. I used to sing for 11 years in a choir too. Maybe I can do that again and I sing at home hahha. I also like photography and writing. I love to write on my blog and poetry. Maybe I can make a living out of that too. You are so right. We have to follow our heart. I also grew up in a world where it’s better to do the right thing and not be creative. I didn’t got so high marks. I even won writing contests because that makes me really happy. I also got a subject while I was studying which was creative writing and it was so inspiring. We had to write just all thoughts and poetry. It was the best! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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    • hell0chloe says:

      Thank you so much my angel! It’s great that you love so many creative things – 11 years in a choir is so impressive! I honestly believe we can make a living doing whatever we put our minds to and if like you say – we’re following our hearts and doing what we love, there’s no reason why that can’t turn into something great. I definitely think we should be encouraged to do what we love rather than what is the most ‘sensible’ option – because at the end of the day, what’s going to fulfil us more? Thank you for your lovely words & thoughts as always πŸ’œxxx

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  8. ItsSimplyMeJasmine says:

    THIS POST.
    I find myself looking forward to your posts becuase you always seem to be posting things I love and connect with so so much. This was lovely and just the post I needed. And hey, you’ll be an AMAZING writer and it’s so great you’re going for it! πŸ’•πŸ–€

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  9. crystalsandcurls says:

    I LOVE THIS I LOVE THIS I LOVE THIS!!! I was the exact same until last year (and you’re right….it is soul destroying to constantly cut off your creative side in favour of academic pursuits.) when I realised that the only reason pursuing creativity is a waste of time is because WE DON’T DO ANYTHING WITH IT. We’re taught that even if we do study art, we’ll still need to get an office job . . . but it’s not true at all! I’m so glad youre going to start chasing your dreams ❀

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    • hell0chloe says:

      Ahhhh yes yes yes!! & I couldn’t have said it better myself – we’re taught that if we pursue the arts then we need a backup because it’s never going to work, but who says?! What about the people that are making a career out of it right this very second?! Thanks for reading girly πŸ’–xxx

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  10. whatismaria says:

    I think it’s so important to find what we love to do and pursue that wholeheartedly, regardless of whether it can be classed as academic or not. Just the mere definition of what constitutes an academic skill/subject is not very objective – my prospective degree is history and I’ve had numerous people tell me it’s not a proper subject because its not sufficiently ‘academic’, showing just how misinformed society can be about what academia even is. This post was a joy to read (your writing skills always amaze me) and I am so glad you have found something that you enjoy and can use to build an incredible future! Much love ❀

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    • hell0chloe says:

      I couldn’t agree more, it angers me that the more artistic subjects are disregarded and tossed to the side by some people, because they’re just as important as the academics, if not more so – because what would we be without passion and creativity? History is an amazing subject and people who say otherwise are just like you said – misinformed. Thank you so much for your lovely words as always and thank you for reading, this really made me smile!! πŸ’žxx

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  11. Lost soul says:

    Wow this was stunning. Loved reading it. This is what we all should do. And I wish all the success for your Blog. I have been an academic child too but yes I loved participating in extra curricular too though I limit that so not to effect my studies. As a teacher now I tell my students to focus on all the areas they have interests in.
    That was an amazing read. thank you Chloe for sharing. ❀️❀️

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    • hell0chloe says:

      This made me smile so much you have no idea, it’s so great that you tell your students to focus on the areas they’re interested in – the message needs to be spread so much more!! Thank you so much for reading πŸ’žxx

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  12. purrpale says:

    I agree completely! I’ve always been a more academic person than creative and it never dawned upon me until recently that writing can just as much be creative as well as academic! Writing is an art regardless and it’s a fab art! I hope you’re having a lovely day! ❀

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    • hell0chloe says:

      It’s almost like once the penny drops your eyes are suddenly opened up to this world of hope and wonder and I agree – writing can be both! Thanks for reading lovely, I hope you’re well! ❀x

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  13. Kathryn says:

    This was so beautiful ❀ *tears* Your blog is so wonderful Chloe, thank you so much for this lovely message πŸ™‚ I am sure your blog can turn into your career! ❀

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