I love to draw and sculpt in the air with my fingers when I dance. Last summer, while I was twirling away under the stars in a Hungarian meadow, I had a revelation.
I imagined that I was making little creatures with these playful hand motions – picture abstract fairies made of sunlight and love. I created each fairy quickly from a place beyond thinking and then blew it off into the crowd like a kiss.
This is the spirit I want to infuse into my art-making. Be fully present in the creation, then let it go into the world.
It is not for me to decide if my art is good enough or smart enough or true enough to leave the confines of my mind or even my studio.
Beauty and energy flow in the giving.
Let’s not hoard our art out of fear, laziness, or self-doubt. Whether we hoard our creations inside ourselves or in the attic, it is time to practice letting them go.
I know it takes courage and commitment. Even I want to hoard my fairies sometimes. (Aren't they safer from mine and other people's judgments if they never even fully exist in the world?)
I just try to remember that we can not predict how our art might help, heal, or inspire someone.
Set your creations free and then, return to the drawing board to create the next thing.
Do it quick before you can overthink it like jumping off a minor cliff into the sea. You do a quick check for rocks and water depth and then, you just jump. If you stand on the edge too long pondering every possible outcome, you will never jump.
Let’s keep sending our light fairies off into the world and trust in their inherent magic. Look, we can do it together and maybe then, it will be a little less scary.
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