Allow me to continue the discussion from my last post where I stated that Talent Matters Not. Because, there is a crazy presumption that art is not created by ordinary people but produced by the likes of da Vinci or Beethoven. Assuming that only geniuses produce art is a notion that only leads to self-destruction of any art form. We all have the potential to create art and to be extra-ordinary. If you do not believe this, your path will be riddled and rickety with fear.
If you believe you are «not worthy» of creating, you won’t ever even try, will you? – and you certainly won’t ever experiment, but instead stay rigid and stuck. Experimenting is necessary to develop your creativity. Experimenting means breaking with accepted rules, preconceived ideas and what others might think is the right way. Here we are at the core of something very important. Because what does this «not worthy» mean? Is it in the eyes of others? Is it the public opinion that judges over you? Remember; most great painters were regarded as «not worthy» by their contemporaries.
Hanging yourself on a line to be examined by others is tricky business. If you make yourself vulnerable to every criticism that comes your way, you will impede your freedom to explore your creative potential. Don’t let others tell that you have no artistic talent. Remember what Eleanor Roosevelt once said: «Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.»
Her message was very simple: Never let anyone discourage you or tell you what to do. I know it’s easy to say. But if you let others take control over your own perception of yourself and how talented you are, you will very soon be so discouraged that all creative activity will complete cease. Art is about whatever uplifts your soul. Don’t clutter this beautiful notion by listening to what «they say». We create with our heart and if we trust ourselves and use the heart as a guide in our creative life, there is no saying how far we can go. Certainly there is no limitation to our creative development and fulfilment.
Of course we cannot live in a vacuum, making art completely unconnected to the rest of the world. But instead of listening to all those, maybe well-meaning critics, we should rather surround ourselves with others who validate us and who will understand the flow of a creative life. Remember what the exceptional singer, Janis Joplin, said: «Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.» Unfortunately she was not able to free herself from others judgment.