Creative people are risk takers. We try new ways, take new routes, put energy into untried means. We need support and more to be able to accomplish things.
Because life is hard, there are creator-haters who exist for no other reason than to end creativity. They find creative people, behave in a friendly manner, and then suck the joy right out of a creative person’s soul.
Haters lean in, smile when you light up with your ideas, gaze wistfully at the horizon, and slowly crush out your light. I am certain these people inspired JK Rowling to invent Dementors.
“That would be nice” is one of their weapons. Like a crowbar, it forces joy open so that more creativity can bleed out. The creative pours more light thru that opening, and the hater sucks it up. “Oh, how do you think of such good ideas?” Is a rope they tie around a creative’s neck. It sounds so much like a compliment.
They tighten the rope with laughter. Only after you are dangling do they feel safe enough to finish the job. “I just don’t think that would work.” Or “We tried that once.” And if they want to kick the creative’s dead form to be certain it is dead, “I guess you could do that, but I wouldn’t.”
Here is the secret: haters are stifled creatives. That is how they get so close; they feel familiar.
Save yourself, creative person. You are quick and inventive, with a sharp eye. When you brim with joyful ideas, pay close attention to those around you. If they do not also shine bright, if they do not respond with joy and awe, then take up your soul and carry it away.
Do not return their hate. Haters are in pain already. Just pick up your joys and go home.