This is such a great talk (and a short one!) on why we are ALL creative and how to claim some of that creativity back.
The fear of creating is such a real block. I am currently struggling with this even now. Not just in terms of writing, although there I am continuously getting better and better (and lo and behold, doing it really does make the next time easier!) but in other areas as well. At the moment what is looming large and extremely difficult for me is a series of videos I want to make to go along with my 7 Day Creativity Jumpstart Workbook. I feel like such an idiot! First off, talking to the video camera makes me feel silly. Only slightly less silly than when someone is behind the camera. (Patrick and I did some videos for our first motorcycle trip together from Germany to Turkey and back. I felt like an ass then too! Even more so if possible because someone was witnessing me in real time.) And so many things go through my head.
No one cares what you have to say!
You stumble and make mistakes! Those that do care are going to think you are a moron and stop listening!
You can see your daughter’s things in the background. How unprofessional!
Even without the toys and children’s posters in the background, this thing is sooooo not professional.
You sound nasally! (But probably better than when you are not congested because then your voice skyrockets 6 octaves!)
People will see this!
Nobody will see this!
And the list goes on and on on and on! And I have to step back, and remind myself what I remind others.
That you do your best, release and do better next time.
That I am not going for perfect and polished, I am going for me, and I am very far from perfect or polished! But that does not mean I do not deserve a creative life or that I shouldn’t encourage others to claim it for themselves!
Anyone who doesn’t like it doesn’t have to like it. Most will move on and never think of it again. Some will offer constructive criticism. All of that is ok. Anyone who wants to be mean about what I produce has an issue that has nothing to do with me and everything that has to with themselves. I should not let mean spirited people stop me.
And so I am, albeit painfully, working on the videos. And although like everything they are taking longer than I thought they would, they are coming along! Hopefully they will be finished before Berlin Baby The Sequel makes his appearance and I can schedule them as a series of blogposts. And if not, then at least they are started and I am challenging myself. My family is fed and we have shelter. Things could be much worse. 🙂