Giving ourselves permission to our lives from our own blank canvas becomes impossible when we are filled up inside with all those voices. You know the ones, the voices that structure your beliefs, ideals, and perceptions about yourself, others and the world at large. They came from our parents, siblings, teachers, peers and society’s own skewed image on what is “successful” or not.
Those of us who deny the voices remain in a heightened state of creativity. Unfortunately, at great risk of being looked at as outsiders because we think, act or dress differently from the rest of the pack. Many of us will eventually be forgiven for our eccentricity when we create a famous painting, song, book or other work of art. Or, even scientific breakthroughs such as Einstein or Edison did (Both known for their epic levels of creativity).
Many artists of life will never be famous and may never fit in to “polite society” because we are the ones that follow the shiny objects, or turn left when everyone else is saying to turn right. But, we will have the joy of knowing that our life was our masterpiece and what could be better than that? It all boils down to a simple, yet hard to reach decision. Choose to live your life as a work of art, or let life pass you by in a cloud of “should”, “should haves” or “right way, wrong way” to do it.
Reclaiming your life to create your own personal masterpiece takes courage to face the fear.
- Fear of failure
- Fear of what people will think about you
- Fear of being too good
- Fear of not being good enough
- Fear of making mistakes
- Fear of change
- Fear of walking away from what’s most familiar
It takes a sense of humility that allows you to be less than perfect as you might hope others will see you. It takes learning to say no to people, places, commitments or jobs that would rob you of your creative spirit, and yes to letting criticism roll off your back without stifling you. Finally and most challenging is that it takes a literal dichotomy of being sensitive and resilient at the same time.
Whether you feel creative today or not, your life is your most important work of art. Give yourself permission to regain that sense of wonder in the possibilities. Start today to create something that is worthy of putting your name on in the end. No one else can do that for you, and no one else is to blame if you refuse to put it out there.