Someone says it is a curse and a gift to have OCD in life. Having experienced such life since I was born, I quite agree with it and have been looking for the gift-side in every day’s circumstances. As I have said in my previous post, people with OCD often show high creativity, imagination and unique aesthetic views. Just look throughout the history, and you will find a gallery of incredibly creative people who all suffered from OCD.
It is, somehow, a relief for me, and maybe a hundreds of OCD patients. Since when do not know, I took my OCD and started to turn it into something empowering for myself. The need for order, the feelings of being right, could contribute to a more crucial part of life. Just as Stefan Bucher, the father of Daily Monster, a great designer, author and illustrator, said, “I feel the need, and I am lucky enough to have a career that lets me act on that need whenever it strikes.”
Stefan Bucher describes himself the same way he defines the monsters he draws. “Neurotic, somewhat befuddled, occasionally exasperated, but generally friendly.” From his talented works, you could see how the importance of details makes everything different.
For his TEDxTalk in 2011, titled Watch Your Head: Tales from the OCD Frontier, Bucher tells how he funnels his compulsion for order and perfection into a successful career as a designer and illustrator. Believe me, it is worth a check.
Ever thought how an OCD person travel with anxiety of disrupting all the OCD routines? I sometimes feel encumbered with packing my suitcase since I have been obsessive about organising stuffs within reach. Having been diagnosed with OCD, Kim Dixon Perez, a freelancer from Southern California, suggests us to live free and travel light. She believes that the lighter she travels the more liberated she feels, as long as her Chapstick and water bottle are within reach.
As an OCD person, Perez is a checker in her daily life, but when talking about travel, she has adopted a new obsession over these years: travel gear. To be free from compulsive organising as well as enjoy an efficient travel, she started to travel as light as possible. It is definitely a challenge but it is fun too.
I would like to share her blog with you as it not only concerns the demands of OCD people but covers amazing ideas about a fresh lifestyle.
[Photo taken by me]
Everybody knows that having OCD is suffering. It could waste your time and energy in useless things and finally make you feel sick. Thus, many therapists have tried so hard to help people get rid of OCD by any means. I am not saying that we should not seek help from professionals to deal with OCD and its annoying symptoms; I am just asking have you ever thought that one could live with OCD and have a better life?
Sure, it is possible. As I always said, OCD is a sweet suffering. It could be a gift if you express your OCD feeling in an appropriate way, such as drawing. OCD people are usually more sensitive than others partly because they pay more attention to the surroundings. Putting books in the right position, organising wardrobe in the right order, everything must be right as I feel it right. Our perception of the world is particularly aesthetic; generally speaking, OCD people have a strong sense of beauty.
Cassia is the kind of girl. Saying on her Facebook, she simply likes drawing dots, which makes her feel pleased and complete as if by doing so she could have an increasing happiness. I knew her from the House News and was attracted and touched immediately. Her paintings are beautiful, stunning and remind me of KusamaYayoi, an influential and successful Japanese artist. Her articles are quite inspiring as well.
After all, life deserves to be beautiful with or without OCD. Don’t you agree?