Monday, April 02, 2012

There Will Always Be Another Excuse Not to Create

Any excuse to not create is dangerous.

I’m not ready. I can’t find the time. I don’t know what I’m doing. I have nothing to say. I’m not good enough yet. I don’t have the right tools. I’m afraid of revealing too much. I’m scared my parents will see it. I’m sure my ex will hear about it. I know my friends will laugh at it.

Even if every one of those things is true, they’re still not good enough reasons not to create. Especially since it’s impossible to fail at self-expression. When we tell our story, we’re always successful, even if we’re not successful.

I recently got email from a reader whose concern wasn’t about finding the time, but losing the time. She was afraid to create because it would take time away from work, family and other life obligations.

Who says we can’t do both? Why all the compartmentalization? Seems to me, there’s time for it all. Even if we only create in small spurts, that still counts.

Because no matter how good we are, no matter how successful we get, there will always be another excuse not to create. There will always be a chorus of voices trying to bury our music, trying to keep us from becoming what we are.

What have you avoided creating this week?

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