The concept of conquering fear has been popping up everywhere for me lately. Putting myself out there, being vulnerable and open to judgement by showing my authentic self with this blog, has been an extraordinarily scary thing…especially for a girl who has spent most of her life afraid of not being accepted. But it turns out that that “cave” of creative expression holds treasures of freedom, inspiration, and joy. I feel free and inspired in a way that I haven’t in a very long time (since I took a break from artistic expression after suffering anxiety attacks in college), and joyful in a way that only creating and sharing with the world can bring.
I just bought Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (hmmm. timely. thanks, universe :]), and it’s ROCKING MY WORLD. I could go on forever about the amazingness of this book, but that’ll be another post ;] What I will leave you with, though, is one of her many right-on quotes about fear that spoke to me. She defines fear as a “desolate boneyard where our dreams go to desiccate in the hot sun.” DON’T LET IT INFLUENCE YOUR DECISIONS.
“Your life is short and rare and amazing and miraculous, and you want to do really interesting things and make really interesting things while you’re still here. … You have treasures hidden within you – extraordinary treasures – and so do I, and so does everyone around us. And bringing those treasures to light takes work and faith and focus and courage and hours of devotion, and the clock is ticking, and the world is spinning, and we simply do not have time anymore to think so small.”
Mmmmmm love you Liz.
Push through the fear: enter the cave and find your treasure and live the life you dream of!