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 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……….

My husband Dave taking photos of birds at Louise Lake

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to love taking pictures.

Me under Reclining Figure by Henry Moore in Lisbon, Portugal

You don’t have to be an art critic or art history student to enjoy art and respond to it in creative ways. 

My grandmother playing her guitar

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

Me sketching in the Arizona State University Art Gallery

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

Our younger son trying out a telescope he built

You don’t need to be an engineer to design something that sparks the imagination

Our older son in the blue checked shirt taking the lead role in a high school musical

You don’t need extensive theatre experience to act in a play and have a great time with your fellow actors and audience.

My parents with the flower beds around their home

You don’t need a degree in horticulture to cultivate something lovely that delights the eye of the beholder

My friends writing poetry 

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. 

Me with the bread I made in a zoom baking class with other children’s authors

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. 

Other posts……..

My Grandmother Was A Guitarist

Authors Who Bake

Oh, What Fun!


Filed under Reflections

3 responses to “Don’t Be Scared To Be Creative

  1. Thanks for the reminder that we all have talents to use if only we dare take the first step.

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  2. Catherine Rempel

    Well said, MaryLou. I can relate so thanks for the reminder.

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