I have made so many good friends over the last 6+ months thru SWW, ROW, and the New Year’s Revolution ReTREAT. These are people with whom I have so much in common. It has been a long time since I’ve had that in my life. Aside from my very best friend, I’ve never really had many friends that had the same creative bent that I did but the ones that I did have were creative in so many different ways…dancing, writing music, playing instruments, drawing, painting…but no one was into writing. So we could talk about creativity in general terms but not about writing specifically. But creative people, no matter their creative discipline, understand each other. We know what it’s like to struggle to create, what it feels like to have created something that we’re proud of, to have the excruciating feeling that we failed in our attempt, and all of the other frustrations, exaltations, and struggles. There are many types of creativity but not all of them have to do specifically with the arts. To be a good businessperson, you have to be creative. To be a teacher, you have to be creative. To be a parent, you have to be creative. To just be alive, you have to be creative. But no matter how creative these people are in their lives and careers, they are usually not able to understand what I am going through when I struggle to write. They can’t commiserate with me when a character isn’t working or I can’t repair a plot hole. Well, they can but they won’t understand exactly what I’m feeling. There’s just something about being able to talk to someone that has gone through the same exact thing and can offer advice. or a shoulder to cry on. I didn’t really know what I was missing by having a whole tribe of artistically creative people. It makes such a huge difference in my life. And being able to share anything and everything creative with them is beyond awesome. As I’ve said before…everyone needs a tribe. If you don’t currently have one, reach out to others and form your own. It is so important and so worth the effort. I promise.