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 definitely 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 respond to it in creative ways.
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 to be an engineer to design something that sparks the imagination
You don’t need extensive theatre experience to act in a play and have a great time with your fellow actors and audience.
You don’t need a degree in horticulture to cultivate something lovely that delights the eye of the beholder
You needn’t have attended journalism school or have a degree in literature to write a story or a poem that others can enjoy reading.
You don’t have to be a top chef to try baking something new.
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 as the quote at the beginning of this post says… the fear of being wrong.
These fears are hard to overcome and I struggle with them mightily. But we need to get over them especially now when we are in isolation and being creative may just save our sanity, our spirit and our souls.