I used to be afraid of opening my umbrella at the wrong time. I don't mean like inside because it's bad luck wrong time, but during that in-between stage when it starts to drizzle but isn't fully raining yet. I'd carry my umbrella with me, waiting to see when other people would open theirs and then I would finally open mine. I know this sounds bizarre, but it's a quirk in my character that I've learned to conquer.
And I think this insecurity in truly being ourselves and doing what we want comes in many forms as creatives. It's easy to worry that what we want to do won't be good enough so we set ourselves up to fail before we even start. To let ourselves live the fullness of our creative capabilities, we have to let go of the fear of being different or wrong or flat out failing. So this week, I challenge you to step out beyond a fear of yours and do something you've always wanted to do in your creative work.
Here are my Monday Maker Motivator recommendations to get you started!
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"Creative people are insatiably curious -- they generally opt to live the examined life, and even as they get older, maintain a sense of curiosity about life. Whether through intense conversation or solitary mind-wandering, creatives look at the world around them and want to know why, and how, it is the way it is."
5. If you're looking for a little more sustenance, check out this list of 37 Books Every Creative Person Should Be Reading. Some of my personal favorites on this list include Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, Manage Your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn K. Glei, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, The Writing Life by Annie Dillard, Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, and Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.