My Manifesto

I am not interested in whether I can draw, paint, sculpt or perform better than another, I want to know if I can overcome feeling intimidated by other artists, just get over it and acknowledge my own creative abilities to be able to confidently share my work with the world.

 I am not interested in how many followers I have on, Facebook, Twitter, or WordPress. I want to know that by sharing my art, someone, somewhere in the world has a reaction (whether engaged or enraged) to my work in some way. Then I know my work is making a difference.

 I am not interested in old ideas, beliefs and perceptions that hold me down in limiting constraints, I want to surrender to expanding my creativity, and have the ambition and strength to toss the fundamentals aside and become an innovator by developing my own set of rules.

 I am not interested in naysayers who scoff at artistic expression or question what place art has in the ‘real world’, I just want to know that I can stand in the face of adversity and not shrink back or play being small. Never taking ‘No’ for an answer.

 I am not interested in what my inner critic has to say. I want to know that every day after I devote time connecting to my innate creative self, that what I create is authentic, made with the conviction of my heart and has purpose, and I can then have the strength to tell the critic to get lost.

 I am not interested in hearing others make excuses for why they cant create an extraordinary life for themselves. Creativity is an innate human quality, and one way or another we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that.

 I am not interested in asking myself what the world needs. I would rather ask myself ‘What makes me come alive?’ And then I want to do that. Because what this world needs is people who have come alive.

 This is what I want & intend to be!

 

inspired by Oriah Mountain Dreamer author of ‘The Invitation’

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