Fear and Creativity

A creative life is rife with fear in all its cloaks. A creative life requires plenty of courage.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic recently caught my attention. Within its pages, she explores the treacherous journey of a creative life. One section is entitled ‘The Road Trip’.  Here, Gilbert implores us not to stifle our fear or even to attempt to eradicate it, although this might seem the most desirable outcome, but to make space for our fear alongside our creativity. Because, she argues, in killing our fear, our creativity may fall victim too.

Unless of course, I ponder, the method of the kill is creativity itself. If so, there is beauty in this, since fear is inevitable and perhaps indestructible, then so must our creativity be too.

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