You may have stuffed it, but everyone feels the urge to create. If we don’t, we know something is missing. We ache for it.
When I was younger, I loved drawing and writing stories. I felt so alive and free in my imagination. I remember my teacher in 3rd grade telling me writers and artists didn’t make money. An artist wasn’t a real job and you had to be really good to make any money. After that I started looking at my work and comparing it to the others in the class. My work wasn’t as good as hers. I started to see my art the way most of the world looks at it…
But the thing is, art isn’t just art. It is expression. It is how we share our deepest selves. The pieces of ourselves that don’t fit into boxes. The part that can’t be explained in words.
Our art can help us access joy and a place of bliss. It can connect us to our Spirit and Soul. It can help us heal the darkest spaces. It can give us hope when we’re broken and it’s hard to get out of bed.
I hear stories every day of women who gave up their art, music, dance, theater, singing when they were told:
(1) Their work wasn’t good OR
(2) Their work wasn’t important.
I’m here to tell you it doesn’t matter if your work is good. Whatever the hell that means anyways. Heck, there is famous installation art made out of donuts, toilet paper and car parts. If it brings you joy, THAT is what’s good.
And I’m here to tell you YES, your art is important. Even if you are dancing alone in your living room, singing out of tune in the shower or doodling while your boss is leading a meeting. This is a part of what makes you YOU. This is your creative spirit.
So if you’ve given up on your art and are hearing the call to reawaken your creativity, don’t let what ANYONE stop you. You have something to share. Something to create. Something to birth.
Remember as Martha Graham said,
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
Don’t let it be lost. Don’t lose it.
Share below. What art are you called to create? What are you called to share?