Have you ever held back from doing something that makes you feel good because of self-doubt, or fear about what others might think or say? Have you ever felt like the job you currently hold is not what your actual passion is, but rather a means to and end? I think if we are being honest, most of us can say ‘yes’ to both of these questions. I know I can.
I think many of us have or have had this creative ‘block’, let’s call it, that stops us from pursuing the things that make us really feel alive. Maybe it’s because society tells us that we need to pick one thing; one job, and do that in order to make money. In order to survive.
But that poses the question of what survival actually is? Is it just a means to an end? Is it just the ability to pay our bills? Granted these are all important factors, but for me, survival has much more to do with fulfillment, inspiration and joy. Why shouldn’t we be able to have it all?
As human beings, I believe that we tell ourselves the lie that we can have one or the other; financial security or creative freedom. I think that a lot of the time we operate from fear, rather than trusting that if we pursue those things that truly inspire us, we will attract abundance. And when we are stuck in that fear-space, it is painful to watch others flourish creatively, because secretly we wish we were doing the same. I believe that this is where jealousy, negativity and envy are bred.
So if you are asking yourself (consciously or subconsciously), ‘who am I to live creatively?”; I am asking you, who are you not to be?
My life over the last few years has been an unfolding and peeling back of creative blockage and layers. And as I continue to follow passion after passion, the possibilities continue to expand. Fear is often there, but I would rather move forward despite it, than never try because of it. Because of this mentality–this shift, creative doors have flung wide open for me lately. The self-created voices that tell me I must fit in to one tiny box and stop exploring so many passions, have started to quiet down.
I don’t share this to brag. I share this in hopes that maybe my experience, will empower someone else to pursue the things that they love.
My most recent creative endeavor is my photography, a passion that I have sat on for many, many years. Finally, I am dedicating myself and my time to learning this beautiful art form, as well as sharing it with the world. Feel free to follow my journey: