A Book and Fear.
Do you live a creative life? If you are here in this space I’m guessing that you do. Are you confronted by fear on a regular basis? I know I am. Is this fear holding you back from embracing your creativity and giving it a real, honest go? Yep, me again. Sometimes I can overcome fear. Sometimes I can’t. Today I wanted to share with you a paragraph from Elizabeth Gilberts new book called Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear. The following words made me laugh out loud.
Part 1. Courage. The Road Trip.
“Dearest Fear: Creativity and I are about to go on a road trip together. I understand you’ll be joining us, because you always do. I acknowledge that you believe you have an important job to do in my life, and that you take your job seriously. Apparently your job is to induce complete panic whenever I’m about to do anything interesting – and, may I say, you are superb at your job. So by all means, keep doing your job, if you feel you must. But I will also be doing my job on this road trip, which is to work hard and stay focused. And Creativity will be doing its job, which is to remain stimulating and inspiring. There’s plenty of room in this vehicle for all of us, so make yourself at home, but understand this: Creativity and I are the only ones who will be making any decisions along the way. I recognise and respect that you are part of this family, and so I will never exclude you from our activities, but still – your suggestions will never be followed. You’re allowed to have a seat, and you’re allowed to have a voice, but you are not allowed to have a vote. You’re not allowed to touch the road maps; you’re not allowed to suggest detours; you’re not allowed to fiddle with the temperature. Dude, you’re not even allowed to touch the radio. But above all else, my dear old familiar friend, you are absolutely forbidden to drive.”
Fabulous isn’t it.
This book, Big Magic, helped me, a lot. Not just in my creative life but in my life as a whole. I have photocopied this page and stuck it in my little office/studio nook. I also have a copy in my journal.
Fear. Who does it serve? No-one. Fear does not serve you and it does not serve me. Sweeties. It just holds us back.
Getting your hands on books like this, inspirational text written by creatives who have done the hard work, lived and learnt help people like us. Go out there and absorb as much as you can to help you punch through your fear. I am. Let’s get inspired, beat fear and thrive!