“Art is a wound turned into light.”
― Georges Braque
Have you ever felt like you weren’t good enough yet to do something that really matters to you?
I’m thinking about a friend who kept postponing her wedding because she wanted to lose weight and get in shape first.
I’m thinking about all the artists I’ve met over the years, who are (still) waiting until they have the perfect studio space before they can start painting.
I’m thinking about another friend, who instead of working on her novel, is preoccupied with getting accepted into an MFA program instead. But first she has to earn a bachelor’s degree in something.
There are hundreds of times I put off, deferred, or declined opportunities that I didn’t feel ready for — or worthy of.
And I used to be so ashamed of this, that I went into hiding as an artist for a long time.
What I wish is that someone would have shown me how to use the unworthiness I felt as fuel for the creative fire.
Instead of being ashamed of not feeling good enough. I could have simply brought those feelings right into my work, into my practice.
It took so many years of rough starts and too much stopping, of too much drama and destructive detractions, before I learned how to stop allowing my insecurities to stop me.
Being hard on myself was the worst of it.
Being visible is still something I work on. This blog, for example, is one way that I practice being visible. I’m learning how to let it be part of my own creative process, rather than something I struggle against.
Does any of this resonate?
We all have stuff we are dealing with. We don’t have to let it stop us.
The upside of all those difficult times was that it honed in me such a fierce desire to heal myself and be a thriving artist. It was out of this struggle that the work I do today—helping others through this same narrow passageway—was born.
We can use everything that we have to create.
Use whatever you’ve got.
Throw it all on the creative bonfire.
May this fire warm you and light your path.
This is my blessing for you today.
Today’s Journal Prompts
And it made me stronger in these ways:
I am gifted in these ways:
And I can trace these gift back to these woundings…
I am making art out of…
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