Did you know that being creative, heck even being an artist, isn't about being born with an innate ability to create masterpieces that will be remembered for thousands of years? Or being able to draw more than stick figures and the "Cool S"? Did you know it's really just about tapping into your creative side and exploring another part of yourself?
As artists (the wannabees, the emerging, and the are) we seem to think that you either have it or you don't. And if you don't have it, that's it. Game over. But there is such more more to a creative life than what your end product looks like. Being creative doesn't start and stop on the easel and talent only gets you so far.
I'm over here, sipping coffee (obviously), wondering what happened. When did the creative journey become saturated with fear and doubts? When did we start to eye up our own pieces and compare them to others only to see where we fail? Why are there so many defeating thoughts before we even pick up the brush? WHAT HAPPENED TO THE FUN, LOW-KEY CREATING OF CHILDHOOD?!
I miss the days where you could create without worrying if anyone liked it, or if it would sell, or if you were really good enough to call yourself an artist. The days where you didn't worry if it would get likes or get trolled online. I find myself so often just craving the innocent, simplicity of creating as a kid.
I mean come on, have you ever seen a happier, hotdog ballerina?
Being an artist, being creative, is about finding what makes you happy, then expressing it in a way others can see. For me, that means painting any and everything with excessive color and occasional polka dots. For you, that might mean something else. But regardless of what it is, we must share it!
We waste so much time worrying about getting it right when the true beauty of creating is in the act itself. Whatever you're making doesn't need to turn out for it to be a success. Success is a relative term, what you're looking for is GROWTH. Growth only happens when you go through the dirt. Growth happens while you're learning something new. Growth comes when we show up with or without doubts.
It's a new month creative minions. I challenge you to try that style, that technique, that you've been wanting to but you haven't. Maybe you're worried about whether it will be received well, or you've decided you can't do it, or maybe in a million years. I challenge you to do it anyway. If you want to be an artist you have to make the art. So rise and shine baby! Your inner artist is calling, are you going to pick up?