Break down barriers
This week, on my Freedom-Writing facebook group page, I’ve been posting a daily inspirational quote on the subject of dreams. I used a series of well-known quotes for the first four days, and today, after reading a post made by a writer friend on facebook, she ended with a piece of advice which I requested to share. It read: “The only person who is stopping you from dreams happening is YOU.” To this I added: “Break down barriers and get creative!”
It’s so easy to blame external matters for a lack of moving on with our creative pursuits, whatever they may be. But it is up to us to break down those barriers, each and every one of them. It’s how we perceive things that really stands in the way, not the things themselves. We can make time, compile to-do lists, find different ways to go about things. It’s also necessary to explore what lies at the root of these barriers.
Feel the fear and get creating anyway
Yesterday I quoted Paul Coelho: “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” This is so true. Dreams can be snuffed out at the thought of what others may think, and the scorn we imagine will be poured on our writing, painting, or music. Or even the thought that a project will be impossible to finish. This time I added: “Feel the fear and get creating anyway!” The only thing to fear is fear itself, but if we crash through those barriers, and forge onwards, fear perishes and we succeed.
Dare to imagine
On Wednesday George Bernard Shaw got a look in. “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’ ” This reminded me of how easy it is to get dragged down by the generally negative news stories that get pumped out on TV, take centre stage on the front pages of newspapers, and infect social media with depressing, scare mongering messages. It’s a real killer to creativity. But it is musicians, artists and writers who can make the world a better place. “Why not start today and make your dreams come true?” I added. Dare to imagine!
Stop thinking, just do it
It was C.S Lewis’s turn on Tuesday: “You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream”. Age is one of the worst culprits. We live in a fast paced society geared towards the young and it’s so easy to feel that time has passed us by, and it’s too late. “Get creating” I responded. Stop thinking, just do it. All of us have something to contribute and with age comes wisdom that needs to be shared.
Keep that creative mojo going
The week began with Benjamin Franklin: “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” A good a quote as any for a Monday. As suggested in a previous blog post here, decide what’s causing this: whether it be a perceived lack of time, a fear of criticism and imagined failure, an overwhelming, habitual need to be sucked into the kind of news that sells papers, or the belief that we are too old. In the time it takes for us to be dwelling on such matters, a brush could dab initial strokes of paint on canvas, an embryonic melody be tinkered with on strings or keyboard, an opening, killer sentence be scribbled across a page. As I wrote on Monday: “Keep that creative mojo going, no matter what!”