Is that the first thought that crosses your mind when you think about your written work? Have you been bugged by the concern for the appearance? When it comes to creativity, the very thought “What will they think!?” can be choking to say the least.
There is a tendency with us humans; and it seems to be more common with the creative ones amongst us. We fear facing the world with our ideas. We worry that we are not good enough; that we are not creative enough; that we are not capable enough; that we are not qualified enough. The stifling thoughts come across to us as the dreaded whispers of words “You don’t suffice!”
You may be pursuing anything: art, crafting, business, the woo-woo, the new-agey, sport or anything at all. But when it comes to preoccupation with such thoughts, you can barely survive. I have seen genius minds pursuing their passions, but yet something holds them back: fear. I sometimes stumble at this thought, then:
“If we love what we do, and pursue it as a dream, how come fear gets a seat in our life’s shuttle? Because, as per that literature I read, fear has always been the opposite of love…”
All of us have extra-ordinary gifts to share. Always. The exchange of energies leads to formation of synergies. By hiding behind the deep bushes in life’s foliage, you can never come to know what others will really think after all. You shall continue to avoid showing what you have to offer, and life slips by meanwhile. Don’t be that person in the hiding! If you have a beloved, secret piece of art, idea, invention, writing, thought—anything—bring it on and let them see. Don’t make up a public version of you before acknowledging your unquestionable real self. Someone out there might be waiting for that dash of inspiration or encouragement from your hidden, real work. Think about them.
Think about what others will think once you give them a chance to think.