“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Do you sometimes question whether you’re good enough, qualified, or worthy enough?
Are you sometimes at a loss of what to say, and do you struggle trying to have ideas come to you?
When we creatives grow up, we “think” that, in order to excel at whatever we love to do, we must designate ourselves as an artist. After all, when we are older everyone asks us what we do. However, labeling a name to what we do is fraught with problems.
The title, Artist, to us, connotes that we are now fully qualified to be equal or better than other artists in our field. We now have expectations of what being an artist implies to us. If we “fail” in our estimation to meet an expectation we have, we label ourselves a failure.
We “think” that in order to live up to our expectations, we have to be perfect. Perfection is impossible, and actually keeps us from experimenting and growing as artists. So how could we deal with the dilemmas we face as Artists?
We could go back to being a child again. A child is not just open to learning, a child is consumed with curiosity. A child can’t wait to experiment to see what each action they take will produce. A child lives in the moment, and what they love to do each moment is play.
What would happen if, instead of judging ourselves by past successes, we move into this moment and allow our inner child to play? What would happen is that we would be opening ourselves up to receiving ideas and inspiration from Source, from God, from our higher selves. When we let go to receive, as opposed to some agenda our thinking mind has conjured up, we are surprised, thrilled and delighted with what comes to us. We are now the artist we have always been.
In the middle of writing this blog, my daughter, Tracy, texted me a picture of some of her students playing. I asked her if she would teach me how to be a kid again, and if she had some wise words to share with me. This is her answer,
“Just be yourself. No one else can do it any better than you.”