DARE TO ENJOY
Untitled Drawing, 30"x22", charcoal on paper, Copyright 2013 David Limrite
“Ride on! Rough-shod if need be, smooth-shod if that will do, but ride on! Ride on over all obstacles, and win the race.”
Create because you like to.
What other reason is there? Really?
Fame, money and validation are all tempting but they can be misleading. Literally. They can lead you down a wrong path if you are not careful. They can lead to pressure, stress, self doubt, fear, and worst of all, stale creativity.
Don’t get me wrong. If you can enjoy your creativity and achieve some fame, money and validation, then go for it. But if creativity is all about fame, money and validation, then you may be headed for some disappointment. And some less than inspiring creativity.
Just be careful is all I’m saying.
It’s important to create for the right reasons. For you.
I love what I do. I love to make art. I love the process. I love everything about it. Both the good and the bad. I create because I like to. Sure, I wouldn’t mind a little fame, money and validation. Who wouldn’t? But for me, if I focus on the enjoyment of creating and on the love of process, I give the other stuff a much better chance of finding their way to me.
And, more importantly, I create much better stuff if I am enjoying the creation of it. Much better! When I am into the process and loving creating it, I open the door for inspiration.
This is why it is so important to create for the right reasons. Your reasons.
Dare to enjoy.
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