Week 5 - Road Trippin'
WEEK 5 - ROAD TRIPPIN’
When we decide to Live Creatively we decide to go into the deep dark unknown.
We decide that we must bloom because the cost of staying a tight wound bud is too much. We decide, ready or not, we MUST move forward with our creativity and when we decide this we go on a little ROAD TRIP with our dreams.
Liz describes it in her book as such. A road trip.
She offers that when we decide to pack up and hit the road we can’t exclude our fear. We can’t trick our fear into thinking we are leaving on a different day and escape in the night on a romantic getaway with our creativity.
She offers that our fear and creativity are linked, siamese twins, and where one goes, we have to bring the other.
This feels like bad news at first, but it is actually liberating.
When we don’t take fear with us, think about it...we will ALWAYS wonder where it is, and where it might pop up. It’s not like we can go into witness protection, and even if we could, fear is the Mob Boss of terror...it can find us.
Liz suggests the better way is to “make space” for fear. That “fear and creativity could peacefully coexist.”
She goes further to say that in our attempt to kill off our fear, we often kill our creativity in the process. Better to make space, and hold the peace.
And why are fear and creativity linked?
Because fear is about survival and anytime we delve into the world of creating we are walking blindly into unknown territory and fear doesn't know how to protect us from that. What fear doesn't get, is that we don’t need protection.
All we need is permission.
“Creativity is a path for the brave, yes, but it is not a path for the fearless, and it’s important to recognize the distinction. Bravery means doing something scary. Fearlessness means not even understanding what the word scary means....
Your fear will always be triggered by your creativity, because creativity asks you to enter into the realms of uncertain outcome, and fear hates uncertain outcome.”
So although our creativity is PERFECTLY able to do its work without fear, fear is part of us and we have to accept all parts.
We cannot be our fullest self if we are always hating on the pieces of ourselves we like least or find less desirable. We claim power when we recognize that each attribute and
quality, whether we label it positive or negative offers themselves up to us as our profound teachers and growth opportunities. We accept and take them all on the ride.
Liz offers a beautiful welcoming speech to her fear and I share it with you all to invite you to do the same...
To welcome your fear.
To set healthy boundaries for it and explain to it exactly its role. And then get on the road.
Because your creativity is waiting...
“Dearest Fear: Creativity and I are about to go on a road trip together. I understand you’ll be joining us, because you always do. I acknowledge that you believe you have an important job to do in my life, and that you take your job seriously. Apparently your job is to induce complete panic whenever I’m about to do anything interesting — and, may I say you are superb at your job! So by all means, keep doing your job, if you feel you must. But I will also be doing my job on this road trip which is to work hard and stay focused. And Creativity will be doing its job, which is to remain stimulating and inspiring. There’s plenty of room in the vehicle for all of us, so make yourself at home, but understand this: CREATIVITY AND I ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO WILL BE MAKING ANY DECISIONS ALONG THE WAY. I recognize and respect that you are part of this family, and so I will never exclude you from your activities, but still — your suggestions will never be followed. You’re allowed to have a seat, and you’re allowed to have a voice, but you are not allowed to have a vote. You’re not allowed to touch the roadmaps; you’re not allowed to suggest detours; you’re not allowed to fiddle with the temperature. Dude, you’re not even allowed to touch the radio. But above all else my dear old familiar friend, you are absolutely forbidden to drive.”
Write your letter to your fear.
POST! SHARE! BE BRAVE!
Fear only controls you in your silence....