“Don’t die with your music still inside you. Listen to your intuitive inner voice and find what passion stirs your soul. Listen to that inner voice, and don’t get to the end of your life and say, ‘What if my whole life has been wrong?” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
I consider myself fortunate to know many talented people. I love writing, but I am also a fan of music and art. I know a few artists and many fellow music lovers. Unfortunately, the world may never know what they are capable of . In this world, it’s hard to seriously pursue your art without giving up comfort. The whole “starving artist” idea can be an actual fact in this world. But, we are in a technological boom where it’s easier to be found. You can create and share it with others faster than ever before, so what prevents people from sharing their purpose with others, fear.
The only thing that is ever holding anyone back is fear. Most people think it is fear of failure. The truth is that as long as you are doing nothing, you are in a state of failure. Whenever you are denying something in your life, you are in a state of failure because you know that you could be doing something else. So, failure is not what you afraid of because it is providing you comfort. Most people are afraid of success. We know what it looks like. We see it on the television, on blogs and in the judgment of friends and family. When you share your talent, you open it up to criticism. When people see your talent and like it, it creates demand. Many people are afraid of the responsibility that comes with pursuing their purpose. I know, because I am one of them.
It’s easy to let fear keep you in a state of pursuing your art just enough to make you happy, but not enough to support you. It’s easy to convince yourself that you’re not good enough or that you could never be as big as (insert Icon here). What is not easy is to ignore the call that your art will continue to make to your soul. Every person that is an artist has a dream and they know exactly how big they can be and that is what scares them. It’s not the fear of failure. It’s the fear of actually realizing that dream. The artist starves not because he is hungry but because he refuses to eat.
I want to use my little blog to give some shine to some of my artist friends that I would love to see push themselves to the status that I see for them. You see, my purpose is to write, but I am also moved to motivate people who I recognize have talent. I think the world needs their unique talents and we are missing out by not seeing them.
Let me know what you think in comments. Is there a dream inside of you? Share your art with me in comments. Let’s discuss.
“What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore– and then run?”- Langston Hughes