Despite his crazy passions and odd quotes, there was one gem he passed along that I'll never forget – creativity is fearlessness. I wrote it on a piece of paper with different colored markers and pinned it to my bedroom wall to remind me to be creatively fearless.
So what does it mean to be creatively fearless?
It means writing with abandon, uncovering your scars on paper, painting your gratitude, and dreaming big, beautiful, cosmic-sized dreams. Putting everything out there and creating from your heart is bravery. Never hold anything back.
Swim against the current if you have to, create your own path, even if it means upsetting people or shaking up society.
I wrote a short story in college that “disturbed” some of the other students in my writing workshop class. It was about a teenage girl who became obsessed with a rock star and severely depressed. I wrote it in two days and it came from a very tender place in my heart, so when I overheard a classmate talking about how weird and crazy I was for writing the story, it hurt, but then I realized my words had hit a nerve. They spoke a dark truth and needed to be released.
Speaking our truths is vulnerable. When we put our heart in our hands for everyone to see, it can make others uneasy, even angry. There's always a chance of getting hurt, but that's fearlessness.
To be creatively fearless we must be ourselves. There's no room for comparison; stop comparing your blog writing to others, stop comparing your artwork to your idol's artwork. Just be you - one hundred percent you and let everything shine through.
That is what the world needs – creative spirits who aren't afraid to be themselves, speak their truths, even if it's ugly.
Fearlessness is not perfection, it's not always beautiful, it's not always an amazing first draft. Fearlessness is participating in crazy creation. It's putting your heart and soul into whatever you do and holding it up to the world and feeling no shame.
To move past the blocks, we must be fearless. Get the words on the paper, no matter how horrible the sentences sound. Fall down when you dance, get paint on your hands, smudge it on the canvas.
Stop worrying about how it looks/sounds/feels and if people will accept it. Be a maverick, an alchemist, a beacon of inspiration and change.
Creativity is stirring inside us and there's no reason to keep it locked away. Be fearless, be bold, be unique, be you.