Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sweaty Creatives - the You-est You

This is a little "side-step." I think it is needed from time to time.  While we spend hours working -and sweating - over our creations,  how often do we listen to the critics who say "you can't do that." and believe them? 
For years I wouldn't sing in front of people because a critic told me "you can't sing."  Are you terrified to get up in front of a crowd to perform? Most performers -the good ones - do too.  I now sing in public and even have recorded myself and posted it online.  Yes that is a scary thing.

I read and watch a lot of things about creativity.  The following video is a speech that was made to a group of creatives.  There is so much good information here...but I loved this line: "These are the creatives. These are the people no one sat with in high school and then everybody wants to be when they grow up."  Those words bring up a lot of memories for me.  While it wasn't "no one" that sat with me, it was the other "weird kids" and "brains" at my table.  But you know, that which doesn't kill us, makes us stronger.

Get out in the arena, be courageous. Get out in the arena, create from the "you"-est  you there is.

Once I get some photos taken, I will show the denim quilt finish and a couple of other little projects.  Meanwhile, I will see you in the arena.
Go Create!
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Rhonda said...

What a powerful message. Thanks for sharing that video Gene!!! She is a great speaker and reflected some moments in my personal life.

Barbara said...

No problem getting in the arena, but NEVER to sing! Lol.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Thanks for posting that video, Gene! - It's the perfect "nudge" that I needed today. And if we had gone to high school together - I'm pretty sure we would have been sitting at the same table - LOL - ;))

Julie Fukuda said...

Having grown up too dumb and too slow and "never going to amount to a hill of beans", has made me a bit stubborn and hard headed, and ready to prove to myself that they are wrong. Steely nerves and teflon skin.

Barb said...

I was neither popular or at the smart table. I was the one that slid by unnoticed. I had a few friends and life was good. I have been seeing your creative messages on facebook and have enjoyed them. What we all have been through is what makes us who we are. My mother always told me I couldn't do, I was helpless etc..... that just mad me not want to do anything and also made me aware of my own children and the words that came out of my mouth.

Vesuviusmama said...

Thanks for posting the link. I've listened to a number of her talks, and I really relate to and respect what she has to say.