The Need for Appreciation

Graphic banner saying, “The Art of Appreciating”, and having an illustration of two hands clapping.

Being a creator is a complicated hobby. It’s fun, it’s fulfilling, it’s thrilling, it’s emotional, it’s sad, it’s hopeful and it’s depressing.

Being a creator allows one to open all doors of imagination, and pour one’s deepest thoughts and fantasies out on an artboard for all the world to see. A creator spends hours behind their work, squinting through sleepless nights, and hurting their spine through sweaty days — all in the hope that their work will touch the hearts of their audiences, that it will evoke emotions in those that interact with their work.

And even though a creator may not want it to happen, they always put a part of themselves into their work. It’s a part of who they are. It’s a part of their soul.

So, if you find a creator upset over the “simple” fact that their work isn’t appreciated enough, don’t be surprised. Don’t try to advise them with lines like “have patience” or “keep trying”.

We creators survive on appreciations. We may or may not want to make a living out of our work, but the basic thing that we thirst for is a little appreciation.

While it is understandable that a piece of work may not be appealing to everyone, it is a humble plead to all that find the work appealing:

Please appreciate the effort.

A ‘Like’ always makes us happy. No one can claim otherwise. But if you take just 5–10 seconds to leave a comment, it sparks unadulterated joy in our hearts!! Simply reading those words makes us grin from ear to ear and scream internally and even makes us do a little dance. And if you find it interesting enough to share it with others, it makes us grateful to you.

I know that not everybody finds every work worth commenting or sharing. The same applies to me just as well. But if I like the piece, I always try to leave a comment. It makes us happy. It makes our day happy.

It’s always good to know that you are appreciated, isn’t it?

So, let’s appreciate others, too. Shall we? 😊

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