Many years ago I would sit and write, making up stories and occasionally letting my thoughts out onto paper. As years rolled by this became something I did less and less. Time grew tighter and priorities changed and for a time there was no time to write, to create anything. Even if there had been time, that part of me was sealed off and I never could seem to pry it open.
Finally there was a freedom in my life again, time to breathe and to start the journey to create again. To create art and stories, yes… More importantly to create me. In words and paint, in walks in the woods and along the shore, in career changes and friendships made that is where the creating became reality.
The only thing was that I felt out of practice and the thought of sharing the art I was working on was daunting. So I started with photos I would take and after years began sharing some paintings and eventually the things I would write.
For the longest time I’ve struggled with having people who I care about not like my work. It’s been almost paralyzing by moments and there are many things I’ve hesitated to share, but I push beyond that to conquer my fears and because there are times that what I put out seems to resonate with someone. When a friend messages that something I wrote was what they needed right now I realize that it’s worth stepping beyond my fear of not being good enough. It isn’t about being good enough, it is about creating what your soul says to. It is about quieting the brain when it tries to stop you. It is about letting your creative flow. The reality is that no matter what we create it will be loved by some and not by others, but if we do what satiates our soul then we accomplished what we needed to. If we are lucky another person gets something from it as well.
So many people stop creating, stop letting themselves be free and express who they are. The world gets busy, life gets in the way and suddenly we’re lost in the busy. Our soul gets dim when this happens and we might begin to feel like we are stuck.
For anyone who is feeling that way, my friends please just stop and begin the journey to create again. Find your freedom. It may take some work to figure it out, you might need to jump beyond some fear. It is worth it! Let your soul come alive!
This is for everyone who is struggling with their path in life, who feels blocked and discouraged. You can find your way to what makes you feel alive again. Start small, just a tiny step is all it takes.