Yes You Can
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
I am among the many creatives who are moving away from timid toward tenacious regarding the value of showing up, speaking up and engaging in the “art as business” conversation. At first, you may feel alone and feel your work is not significant enough. We have been schooled for years to feel this way. We have been led to believe that only Artists with a capital A – with genius – are worthy. Therefore, many of us don’t even “dare” to expand beyond our worlds of safety.
I love this flower in the midst of fall grasses, standing straight and looking me right in the eye. “Yes, here I am,” it seems to be saying, “Even though I am the only one, I believe I have something to show.”
Brené Brown wrote, Daring Greatly. Consider reading, or rereading.
You may have friends who are also shy about publicly acknowledging their creativity. Get together with them and talk about why you are remaining in the safety zone. Instead of saying why you cannot venture forth, say, “WHY NOT venture forth!”
A personal story: Years ago, I moved to a small town to help with the care of my mom. The creative circles here are somewhat small and the work shown primarily of a literal, realistic nature, not at all my personal preference for abstraction and pattern. The first year I entered the local guild show, I was accepted, I think mostly because I was new in the organization and they wanted to make me feel at home. It was a start. Last spring, the abstract piece I entered won honorable mention with a judge from New York City. Yes, I was showing in a small pond. But I take heart that the judge was from a big pond. It was encouraging.
Of course, as Lucy in the comic strip Charlie Brown suggests, “Life cannot always be a series of ups and ups and ups.” There are failures. I have had my share. But this will be covered in other blogs.
Will you join me in moving from safety to daring?
What do you think? I welcome your input.