What are we afraid of?
I have some ideas about that. I think we are afraid of rejection. Or maybe, afraid people won’t accept us. Sure, I’ve met those people who say, “I don’t give a care what people think about me.” But I believe most of want to be accepted by our peers. Maybe we are afraid of wasting our time. What if this idea sucks? What if I’m not good enough?
I had a kaleidoscope of emotions preparing for my first gallery experience. One of the stronger emotions was fear. Am I good enough? What will people think of my art? What will people think of me? Is this even art?
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. ~Joseph Campbell
Taking creative risks exposes something very personal. When I am being truly creative, I push myself. I try new things and go outside my comfort zone. Sometimes it makes me afraid.
The good news is… this is totally normal. When fear pops up for me, I remind myself of a few simple truths:
- I create for the sheer pleasure of creating. The process feeds my soul. I take away Fear’s power when I let go of the outcome and immerse myself in the process.
- Fear is not real. I don’t have to believe everything I think.
- I cannot fail if I learn from the experience.
Go ahead, explore your creative potential; you will not regret it.