Every one of us has something that’s holding us back. Maybe it’s a comment a critical teacher made in grade school, or an insult that cut particularly deep. Maybe it’s the lack of belief from our immediate families, or the judgment of our coworkers, or the fear that we can’t so what we’re trying to do so why bother. Its’ there, like a shadow lurking over our shoulder, ready and willing to give us the excuse to give up.
But what if we were able to let go? To shut out the critical voices and just dance like no one is watching? (or paint or write or sing or whatever it is you do). That’s the spirit of creativity: tuning out the noise and expressing what is inside of us without fear of judgment.
I’ve had my share of criticism. We all have. There’s a comfort in that knowledge, that nobody gets what they want overnight, and that everybody has obstacles. We can’t change the minds of those who think we can’t do what we want, but we can learn to tune out the voices and do it anyway.
The haters are going to hate. But in the inimitable words of Taylor Swift, we just have to shake it off.
Diane Vallere | @dianevallere