Fear resides inside of us. The fear of “I’m not good enough” and “What will __ think?”. These are the fears of the fully capables and the doubtfuls; the creatives, and the brains. These are the fears of you and I, the fears of the girl in the craft aisle as she sets down the paints. These are the fears of the man outside the music shop, looking in wistfully at the guitar inside. These are the fears of the business man in the tattoo parlor, the cashier singing in the shower, and the boy down the road who’s hiding his paintings. Why is creativity so intimidating? Why do we believe that our creations should be the same as those of an artist we look up to? And why the hell isn’t my stuff as good as that writer over there? Well that’s simply because we decided that for ourselves.
This fear we are constantly worrying about isn’t real. Not even that fear of what someone will think of that wacky outfit that you love but don’t wear. And no, not just the creative fears. We live in a weird world where everyone is afraid. We are afraid to dress, afraid to eat, afraid to dance, afraid to laugh, sing, speak, play, and simply be ourselves. And who created this nonsense? No one but us of course. I say this reign of nonsensical fear must end.
We must slip out from beneath our cloaks of doubt, and slip eager toes into the basin of possibility. We must shout out our passion from the rooftops and run through the streets without a care. We must forget about the thoughts of others and instead spend a lot more time in our own minds. What is YOUR opinion? What is YOUR passion? Who are YOU and who could YOU be? I am not saying we shut our minds off to the ideas of others but we must not ever forget our own.