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H – Heart

Do the things that interest you and do them with all your heart. Don’t be concerned about whether people are watching you or criticizing you. The chances are that they aren’t paying attention to you.
Eleanor Roosevelt

There’s so much I could say in respect to this quote, so many directions this quote could take us. Paring down all that could (and perhaps should) be said is no easy task, and most of it is simply restating what Eleanor Roosevelt already said.

From all that I’ve read and all of the people I’ve talked to, hesitation in embracing a creative practice of any kind comes down to fear. There’s fear of the unknown, fear of disappointing ourselves, and most common, fear of judgment . . . especially while we are still learning skills.

It’s such a shame. We don’t allow ourselves to (knowingly) make public mistakes any more. Thus, we don’t develop either the resilience or the freedom to learn the skills we desire, or even to live the life we wish in many cases.

Isn’t that how we become trapped in lives of respectability but no passion?

I have plenty of soap boxes tucked into my closet. This is just one, but a big one. I believe we have a birthright to pursue creativity and other interests that enrich us and bring us joy (as long as we aren’t hurting others, of course). We should all be given the freedom of personal creativity without criticism, including the time we spend developing the necessary skills. It should be inculcated from childhood, prevalent in our school systems, and part of human rights.

If I can convince anyone to follow their hearts and blind oneself to others’ opinions (until they are wanted), I feel I would have given back to the world. Same goes for convincing creative people to choose carefully who they share their work with, because no one needs someone else’s bitterness flavoring what we love. Pouring your heart into your interests is so personally rewarding, it’s worth giving up that fear.

Please pursue your creativity. Painting, dancing, acting, writing, or whatever you love, do it for yourself. Do it for joy. Don’t pay attention to what the rest of the world thinks.

As Eleanor said, they probably aren’t watching anyway.

Would anyone like to share my soap box? There’s plenty of room. 🙂

3 thoughts on “H – Heart

  1. I’ve given many presentations at technical events where I’ve shared stories about our failures as well as our successes. I also used to include the off-the-rails projects when I wrote a technical blog. Many people thanked me for sharing those stories.

    I would talk about why we tried doing what we did, and, when I could figure it out, what had gone wrong. We aren’t perfect, despite what Facebook would tell us, an sharing stories of things that didn’t end well can be a good thing.

    Similarly, on my current blog, I’ve tried things that didn’t go according to plan. It’s OK. I didn’t hurt anybody and I didn’t get hurt in the process. Most of the time, I learned something.

    • That’s the best part of failing. I like the saying “we succeed or we learn something” (Marie Forlio?). “Failure” teaches us SO much. I guess that’s why the business gurus say “fail forward” and “fail faster.”

      • The sad thing is that a lot of companies won’t talk about failure and prohibit employees from talking about failed projects. So much can be learned, but they want to maintain the image that every project has been a success.

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