Don’t Be Scared to be Creative

To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong. – Joseph Chilton Pearce

That’s something I need to keep telling myself. It’s something we need to keep telling each other. It is especially something we need to keep telling our children.  So often we hamper creativity or put a stop to it all together because we expect too much of ourselves and too much of others.  We need to remember……….You don’t have to be a professional photographer to love taking  pictures.You don’t have to be an art critic or art history student to enjoy art and learn as much as you can about it.

You don’t have to be a trained musician to have a good time singing or playing an instrument.   

You don’t have to be an art school graduate to have lots of fun creating artwork. 

You don’t need extensive theatre experience to act in a play and have a great time with your fellow actors and audience. You needn’t have attended journalism school to write a book or a story or a blog post that others can enjoy reading. 

You don’t have to be a top chef to make some really creative dishes.

In her book Big Magic Elisabeth Gilbert lists twenty five fears people have about being more creative.  Everything from a fear of being ridiculed, undisciplined, untrained, or embarrassed.  And I would add…….. a fear of being wrong. 

It’s a hard fear to overcome and I struggle with it mightily.  But we need to get over it!

Other posts……….

When Did You Stop Drawing? 

Dave Driedger Nature Photographer

Siloam Mission At the Winnipeg Art Gallery

 

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