I’m Marcus Lyons. I contain multitudes. Not in an elitist, arrogant way. It’s just the way I’m wired. I’ve never been one to say, “I don’t know how to do that.” My philosophy has always been: Say yes and figure it out.
That’s why my resume is 14 pages long. This philosophy of never saying no allowed me to tour the world meeting many amazing people and participating in so many incredible experiences. I’m not bragging. I’m just stating the facts as I know them.
For the most part, I’ve worked only for myself. I thrive on it. I had a period of ten years, from 2000-2010, during which I lost my mind (allegedly) and decided I needed a 9-5 job with a regular paycheck, paid vacation, and benefits. And I somehow decided that I had to work for the government. Why, I don’t know. I don’t do politics and I definitely don’t do well with bureaucracy. I struggle with every kind of authority. Whenever someone ordered me to do something, you can be sure that I would find a way not to do it. And if I can make a point while not doing whatever it is, all the better.
I tried. I really did. But nothing…NOTHING…could replace being my own boss, trusting my own intuition, and relying on the seemingly endless reserves of creativity I embody. Not to mention working for hours on end with something I deeply enjoyed, which was what I liked best about working for myself. I have never called in sick during the times I was my own boss. It never entered my mind.
The thing is…when I left the government, I succumbed to a massive personal breakdown that I would eventually learn stemmed from the severe abuse I experienced growing up. It’s called complex post-traumatic stress disorder (cPTSD). I also learned something else that made so much sense to me then, I wondered why I hadn’t noticed it before. I learned that there was a thing called the highly sensitive person, the characteristics of which fit me to a T. That meant that the effects of the rampant abuse that was the hallmark of my life from birth until I left home at 17, amplified my adverse response to it exponentially. In 2016, I experienced a total mental meltdown and ended up in a psych ward.
Being placed into psychiatric care likely saved my life.
I was on a doozy of a downward spiral of self-destruction. Getting the help I didn’t know I needed allowed professionals to tailor a medication and treatment regimen that helped tremendously to get me to a place where I was in my right mind. That clarity allowed me to make better decisions for myself and my life. And I am eternally grateful for the years spent crawling out of that black hole of nothingness, learning gratitude, joy, and laughter. In other words, finding my way back to the person I was, but with a lot more experience and wisdom.
This all happened while living this little life I was gifted with so long ago. My creativity has always run like a river: deep, fast, and wide.
MARCUS LYONS’ UNIVERSE
I am an award-winning writer, artist, educator, animal advocate, musician, designer, and freelance professional. I love designing websites but realized that I had so many, I needed a way to bring them together in a dynamic and creative way. Thus was born my “universe.” This is the central hub for all my creative and business endeavors. From this central location, you can travel to my other websites, each one designated for a specific piece of my creative life.
In 2018, I moved away from Colorado where I had lived since 1980. I felt I had done everything I could there after so many years. I wanted to take the bajillion life lessons I’d learned and put them to use in a whole different place. I needed the freedom of being able to be who I truly am without the idea that everyone around me knew every dark little secret I had ever had. I was metaphorically nailed to everyone’s perception of who they thought I was. And I knew I could never fly while being weighted down by the stones of judgment that were placed around my neck.
I ended up in a little-ish town near the US/Canadian border in North Dakota. Once here, I found a perfect live-work situation whose address included the space info, Suite 66. I renamed it ‘Sweet Sixty6’ so as not to place any barriers or limits on what I might do here creatively.
It is a sacred space of my own design. Humble, flexible, quiet, with plenty of room for my sweet dog Arya and I. My neighbors are wonderful folks who don’t mind my various eccentricities, nor me theirs.
I’ve grown tremendously both creatively and personally. I work daily on art projects, writing projects, music projects, and other means of expressing myself. I have some of the most amazingly creative freelance clients that include two circuses, several authors, entrepreneurs, performers, small business owners, and other creatives whose needs include marketing and administrative functions, which I excel at.
THIS CREATIVE LIFE
I love that I’m a walking set of contradictions. I’m creative, yet highly organized. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool introvert but have some startling extroverted tendencies. I’m known as a comedian, but my creative work is quite dark and foreboding.
I am blessed to have worked with and mentored under some of the thoroughbreds in several industries.
Thank you for visiting my universe. Hope you enjoy the journey as much as I do.