Today was one of those days where a lot of fears suddenly came into focus for me. It was the first of my five-week hiatus from the Self-Made Society newsletter, which had me feeling all sorts of insecure (“The beginning of the week with no email to the community?! This feels weird!”) I’m also hard at work on a big update I’ve envisioned for the site come fall, and I could feel myself letting those doubts creep in a bit.
But in those moments, I’m reminded of one wise message @elizabeth_gilbert_writer talked about in #BigMagic, one I had the great fortune of hearing her talk about live when she visited San Diego, and that is the notion that CREATIVITY and FEAR are like Siamese twins, forever joined at the hip. They go hand in hand, and we must accept that Fear will always be a passenger along for the ride as we realize our ideas and bring our visions into being.
The trick, however, is to accept Fear as a passenger but NEVER as a driver. We can’t allow Fear to steer us, make our decisions, cause us to course correct ourselves into living smaller than we were meant to live.
So today I’d like to say to my Fear: I hear you, I see you, and now if you’ll kindly cozy up to a movie on the iPad in the backseat, Creativity and I are going to crank up the tunes and get back to where we’re headed.