After reading Grace’s Free Gift book entitled “3 Ways to overcome the fear of writing Blog Posts.” I realised that I had successfully passed the first hurdle. I am now writing.
So as I write, I have now overcome what I think was a “Writer’s block” for many years. A good friend and mentor encouraged me to start jotting down thoughts and to express what was going on inside of me. At first it was terrifying. I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to find the right words to bring across my message. That’s when I took a leap of faith and just did it, without too much thinking or analysing, I started typing and the words just started to flow. Once again I felt like my creativity was coming back to life and that I actually had something to say or write that could help encourage others.
The first thing I had to do was let go of my high expectations to prove anything to anyone. I just want to be me, write from the heart and let people connect with me through my personal experiences. When I was younger, I used to write many stories, fictions, and often thought I could escape reality through that. Now it is a different kind of writing. I want to use words to express, paint a picture of my reality, hard life lessons, painful experiences but also life changing revelations I have had. We can often thank one person for sharing their life experiences with us, especially the mistakes so that we didn’t have to go through them, right? Well that’s what I’m hoping this can do. Help people learn and not have to go through the same hard times I have had to. If you can come to terms with facing yourself now, you won’t have to hit rock bottom to bounce back up.
I guess what I am saying is that if creativity was like a garden, you have to take care of it. Every gift, idea, impression, talent has to be nurtured, watered carefully to reach its full potential. Imagine a beautiful red rose… it first was a seed that needed to be planted in good soil, watered just enough, sheltered from bad weather and the result is beautiful, bright red rose. What will it be used for? Maybe a young man will chose it and bring it to his first date or even the red rose can be a gift accompanying the very much wanted “proposal” all this to illustrate that if the rose hadn’t been taken care of, there would be no use for it.
That is why I now view my creativity as a garden full of possibilities, different flowers, plants, colours and smells, all of that is unique and beautiful. I am taking a risk in testing out my writing skills to see if there are people who actually enjoy reading me and who can identify with the everyday fears that we face. In this world if we keep it to ourselves, we think we are alone but believe me, many out there feel the same way and it is comforting to know that we are all a work in progress, a garden to be discovered. Whether you write, sing, paint, dance or sculpt, there is a garden of creativity within you to be revealed.
I want to encourage you not to hide behind excuses such as “no one is interested” or “I don’t have the time” because when you don’t nurture your gift, it will fade away and you will lose purpose. Just like that red rose, you are created for a purpose that brings beauty into this world. Do not waste it or wait as long as I have to start enjoying it. Life is too short, people have so much of you to discover that has been hidden and paralysed by fears. Why not close your eyes and picture your garden today. What would it look like? Who would you invite to see it? I know I want to explore and allow my creativity to blossom and I invite you on this journey with me. Let’s take a walk…
Claire was inspired to write this blog after downloading the Gift copy of “3 Ways to Overcome The Fear of Writing Blog Posts. You can also get your copy for free, or pass on to someone you think needs the encouragement. Click on the sidebar to claim your copy now.