Sometimes that’s all it takes to spark a fire in your life – a single act of creativity.
My professional life took a turn towards the creative a few years ago, when I wrote my first book. Sure – it was fairly short, and I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing, but I had made something.
If you’d asked me then what my life would have looked like in a few years time I would have told you about career development options for lawyers.
Little did I know that by 2018 I’d be:
- casually employed lawyer
- digital marketing consultant
None of that was even in the pipeline then – but something had begun.
It Takes A little Bit of Bravery
Not that much, mind you – certainly not something that’s likely to cause harm or injury to anyone.
But the feeling of hitting publish on a piece of writing that you’ve poured a lot of time into is fairly nerve-wracking. It would have been easy to shelve that project for “another day” (which is no day at all).
It’s vulnerable. People might criticize it (or you). They might point and laugh, or they might just ignore you completely.
The brave part is going just a little bit outside your comfort zone without fleeing immediately like a bird in search of a cage.
Of course it might go wrong. But it might be awesome, too.
Like Most Brave Things…
One brave act usually leads to another, and a spark of creativity is no different.
There’s a good reason for this: creativity lives inside you. You’re supposed to be creating things, building things, putting things up, showing things to your tribe. It’s an integral part of what you were made for, and once you have a taste of it it’s going to be hard to put your creativity back into its box – it will burn a hole through and escape before you know it.
Although it’s party because of your innate nature, it’s also because you realise an important truth: creativity isn’t that scary.
It’s NOT that scary to write.
It’s NOT that scary to create videos.
It’s NOT that scary to put your drawings out there.
It’s NOT that scary to….
It’s Not That Scary
Many of us wile away the hours worrying about what people might think about our “stuff”.
So tell me this – what’s more scary to you:
- looking back in 45 years time having wasted your life while you worry about doing your thing; or
- doing your thing and seeing how it goes?
I know which I’d prefer.
Time to Do Your Thing
Your thing isn’t necessarily my thing, and it might be a completely different thing to everyone around you.
That’s how it is, with things.
But you won’t know if your thing is really a thing until you give it a go.
Until then, you’re just pretending to have a thing.
And if you’re real – then I’ve got your back.