Overcoming the Fear of Being Creative
Mar 20, 2017
When I was a kid, I used to have a very wild imagination. I drew lots of very bright, lovely, mushy celebration cards for my family. Thoughts flowed, and each card was made without any worries. The excitement was mostly in seeing the recipient’s reaction, and how happy they were with it, especially my mum — she never failed to tear up.
I am not sharing this to give a glimpse into my past, but as a reminder that we work best when we are not over-thinking the outcome, or afraid of judgement.
However, when one makes their passion into a career, it is hard to run away from the harsh reality of having deadlines, meeting others’ expectations and, sometimes, failing. What this talk helped me remember is that my fear of failure means that I care, and instead of being a barrier it can be a gauge. Fear can be the marker of a project worth doing, a chance worth taking, an experience worth investing in – all you have to do is not let it stop you.
Being an Alien in a new country, job, environment, and culture, it can be very scary and intimidating to let loose and express freely. You feel more acute to your surroundings, and fitting in sometimes feels better than standing out.
After this talk, it reminded me that I have an advantage – everything is new to me. I see things differently than most. This got me thinking – how can I turn this into my advantage?
In the closing of his talk, Glitschka reminded us that, “We’re a dash!” Confused? So was I.
He said that on your tombstone, there will be two dates – when you were born, and when you passed away. But those dates aren’t what matter – it’s the dash in between.
“Don’t let routine flatline your creativity like this dash. Get creative with your dash!” said Glitschka. “Break out of your routine, use fear as a fulcrum, and let life inspire your creativity, because life is far too short for bad art!”
Note to Self and (You):
It is not going to be easy, but you have to start somewhere. Don’t procrastinate. There is no formula. Be surrounded by great people who help remind you why you are amazing. Try new things and never be afraid to ask for help. Remind yourself of the things you have achieved without anyones help. Push yourself out of your comfort zone from time to time. There is NO right or wrong. Always explore. Never stop imagining and dream big.