Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Courage

You're an artist.

Did you know that?
Well, it's true.

Being an artist is more than having a brush, and paints at your disposal. More than having a Mac Book to edit things on, and make the colors snappier than a PC could ever dream to do...

It's the person you are that's the masterpiece, and the world is waiting for you to reveal it.

Here's what I mean by this...

It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there.

Not just the image you've generated, but the real, true, unfiltered you.

The one that you're afraid will be judged, or looked down on.

The one who has strong opinions about things, and the way things should be.

The one who creates things, but never shares them because you look around and think that your creations are so inferior to the things that others have created.


Artists, many that I know, have this insane complex. Friends of mine create these incredible works of art, and then begin to tell me all the reasons that their creation is garbage.

Writers that I know will never share their writings with others, and not just the deeply personal ones, but the rest of their works that could benefit others.

Photographers keep their images on hard drives, or in old dusty albums, rather than displaying them for the world to see.

Singers let silence replace music from their lips.
Dancers hold back from the steps that are capable of moving even the most stoic of observers.

Why?

Because expression, art, and the real you are images the world will never see without courage.

Blogging is an act of courage, I think.

I have so many friends who are brilliant writers, but they draw back at the simple idea of putting their work out there for others to see. I don't blame them.

The Internet is crawling with haters. Just check out any YouTube video, and you'll know what I'm talking about. There are plenty of people who would rather tear others down, rather than create something of their own. I call these people cowards.

It takes incredible fortitude, not only to create, not only to put something out there, but to weather the storms that accompany it. Critique can be an excellent teacher, but it can also discourage and destroy potential. Potential, is the soil of dreams. It can foster growth, and stability as we grow into the person we were created to be.

Is it easier sometimes to shrink back from the unknown? Sure.

But here's the thing...

If you don't own the things that make up the person known as you...what's the purpose in life?

Is it to please everyone around you? Is it to live a facade? Is it presenting an image that you think that everyone else wants to see of you? Because, even if this is the case, you're still going to find people who dislike just about everything you do. You're still going to find people who tear down what you offer.

So why live a lie?

I don't know what your particular gifts are. I don't know what role you'll play in shaping this world. But something I do know is that, whatever it may be, it's crucial to tomorrow.

You have something to offer that no one else does.
You do it in a style that's all your own, and no one elses.
Put it out there! It will take courage. It's gunna get real scary.
But it's worth it.

Own your work. Take pride in it.

Whether you're a writer, dancer, philosopher, artist, or a musician.

John Keating, one of my heroes, said it best when he said:

"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for!"

When the real you comes forward. Unfiltered, and unashamed, it is a masterpiece, unlike any other.

The question is; Do you have the courage to reveal it, for all to see?

3 comments:

Tim said...

Very encouraging piece. Sometimes it takes a little water (encouragement) in addition to the soil (potential) for the masterpiece to grow. Great post!

Naomi said...

nice post.sorry i havent been checking here lately,lifes been kinda crazy.Maybe-big maybe-i'll think about what you said about a guest post.we'll see.deal?

Josh said...

Deal, I hear you about life getting crazy! Give it some thought, if you're not ready for something like that, totally o.k. You're always welcome here though. :)