What is fear but motivation?
I’ve been working really hard these past few weeks. Working to the point where I haven’t had much time to think. Until today.
Today marks the beginning of a new project. And as I ponder the events of today and the next few weeks I am all of a sudden filled with fear. Fear that I didn’t allow myself to feel until just now.
Being a creative and someone who NEEDS to express themselves through creativity and physically making things, it can be scary to put your projects in the spotlight.
Erykah Badu said it best. She says,
“Keep in mind that I’m an artist. And I’m sensitive about my sh!t”
In a nutshell, that is exactly how I feel. Pretty much everyday. When I’m posting pics of things I’ve sewn on Instagram. When I’m explaining my blog to someone I just met. When I’m asking people for advice. There is always a fear of whether someone will like and appreciate what I’m doing. And what others fail to realize is that – for me at least – I don’t need anybody to appreciate the beauty of what I am creating. I already believe in that. What I am looking for is the beholder to appreciate the emotion that is behind it.
When I create and design things 9 times out of 10 it is an emotional response to the happenings of life. Whether it’s men, professional life, friends…..whatever. When the urge to create strikes me it is due to my need to release an emotion. And the acceptance of the emotions behind what I’m creating is what terrifies me.
With that said, I’ve read countless quotes about how the best things happen when you’re uncomfortable. I agree. The only way I’ve been able to go forward with just the little things I’ve done with this blog has been by silencing my inner voice and moving forward.
How do you overcome the fear of the unknown? You just do it. It’s that simple. You prepare, you research, you meditate, you pray and then you do.
I’ve got two projects launching in the next couple of weeks and an event Ive put together celebrating women who are working toward their dreams. These are things that I would have never thought I’d be doing. Not me.
But here I am! I’m terrified! And I am steady working!
I know this post is not inline with what I usually write about but I wanted to write something for the doers, the creators and the dreamers. I wanted to remind people that it’s ok to dream. And that with your dream comes fear and that’s a good thing. Fear means you’re uncomfortable and if your uncomfortable you’re doing something right. So KEEP GOING!