Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
As an artist I put a lot of emphasis on forging relationships with other artists. I believe spending time around people who are doing similar things to you is a good way to stay inspired and to keep creating. It's like rocket science, I know. I feel like other artists understand me and know where I'm coming from on a lot of my art-related issues, so I put a lot of weight on what they have to say about the matter. So much weight, that I may have written off what those around me have been saying.
I've been a total ass.
I've been longing to make more artist friends when all the while I've been sitting on a gold mine of support and faith from the friends and family I already have. I guess I am here admitting this so that I can now tell all my people that I appreciate every kind word and piece of advice they have offered up, and I appreciate it even more just knowing they support me. And I stand by my opinion, although nobody ever believes me, that any one of them could be artists friends if they were so inclined.