Are you feeling disillusioned? Great!

I’ve always thought that becoming disillusioned was one of the worst things that could happen to a creative artist. I’ve seen it happen to friends of mine– “I’ll never have the career I want”, “No-one is ever going to give me a rôle”, “Even when I am working, the work isn’t what I expected it to be.”

So I was completely taken aback the other day when I heard someone I greatly respect say that disillusionment can be a good thing.

However, when I stopped to think about it, I soon realized that there was something to it. The word dis-illusion-ment actually means the result of being deprived of your illusions. And an illusion is a misleading image, a misapprehension, a hallucination, something that deceives (thanks, Webster’s). My favorite definition is “a pattern of reversible perspective”. So looking at it that way, couldn’t disillusionment actually be a good thing? There is really nothing to be gained by being in a state of illusion.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that you give up your hopes and dreams! Just that there are times when it can be good to accept what is, rather than beating your head against a brick wall. There can be a real place of peace in just observing where we are, of taking stock.

Then, when the time is right, comes the brainstorming; the opportunity to start afresh. Life coaching can be a marvelous way to cultivate a new sense of possibility, to make a fresh start, to reassess the options, to get back in touch with your creative spirit, to set new goals.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be offering suggestions on these topics –some practical ways to begin to move towards a more fulfilling life. But in the meantime, if you find yourself feeling disillusioned…. bear in mind that it could be the beginning of a whole new way of life!

2 Responses to “Are you feeling disillusioned? Great!”

  1. I look forward to the additional posts in this series.

    As an artist who has struggled, for decades, trying to balance surviving, family responsibilities, and artistic pursuits, I would say that I have reached a point well beyond disillusionment, to something more akin to desperation. : )

    Looking forward to the insights.

  2. Hi Drew,
    Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m sorry you’re finding your musical life challenging. You’re not alone- I know so many people in this situation! That’s why I decided to develop my practice as a life coach…

    I’m hoping that future posts in this series will be helpful to you and others, bearing in mind that I will be discussing general principles rather than individual cases. As musicians, we are so often thrust out into the world without really knowing what we’re getting ourselves into!

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