My Second Post – Inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert
I’m a Liz fan. Her books, classes, speaking engagements, blogs and facebook posts. Her authenticity and humor inspire me. Above all, she challenges my thinking.
I just took her Udemy class ( check it out here https://www.udemy.com/elizabeth-gilberts-creativity-workshop/learn/v4/overview) I will now put ‘fear’ in a corner and move on with this project.
She talks about how perfectionism can get in the way of creating or living an inspired, full life. ( This is so not my issue. ) However, I have lacked the courage to expose my ‘less than perfect’ work because I let fear sit in the front seat of my car. And one can’t banish fear – fear is an important part of our humanity. It can save our lives. The trick is to get comfortable with the fear but not letting it control what you do or don’t do – unless it really is a life or death matter. If my friends and family all think this is terrible, I probably won’t know it but fear keeps telling me that is what will happen. Ugh, the thought.
I had an “AHA” moment during the class. I labeled myself as ‘one who shares content’ rather than considering myself a ‘writer’. It is a clever facade for me to hide behind because I cannot give myself permission to do the latter. Some trickery. But we all have to tell fear a story, sometimes, until we can look fear in the face and tell it to get in the back seat and shut up.
So here we go. Road trip.