Sometimes you just have to put yourself out there.
Out there – in the deep dark void that can be scary and mean and just not nice. Sometimes out there is even better than you could have imagined. I suppose you just can’t know.
This weekend I was hanging out with a great friend and were discussing (like we always do) the inertia that fear creates in our lives. Every once in a while, fear is a truly important flag keeping us from being really hurt. Most times it’s just in the way.
Who knew that one of the world’s most prolific street photographers never shared a single photograph during her lifetime and her brilliance was found out by accident through an auction of her belongings after her death (we found this story via TVGawker.com– once you get past the cliche announcer it gets pretty good):
Whether or not she was a brilliant photographer doesn’t even matter – look at how gorgeous her perspective is in the photographs! So stunning – some of them are lovely stories in a single frame. But think about the hundreds of photographs that were ugly and awful – the shots that came between the beautiful ones.
You have to give yourself a shot no? I mean – seriously – wouldn’t it be better to benefit from your efforts while you’re still alive – instead of waiting for someone else to acknowledge and benefit from your efforts once your dead? (However, it’s obvious that Vivian Maier was an extremely private person and artist – but you have to wonder whether it was fear or privacy that drove her to keep her story for herself).
Just give it a try! That’s what everyone keeps telling me. A wise man once said- inertia’s a bitch. The tortoise in me is moving one step at a time. But I have to keep moving. I have a ton of entrepreneurial friends whom I really admire – they just do stuff! Even if they’re not quite sure what it is they’re doing….they are willing to give it a try.
Also, you have to do the stuff you’re not so great at over and over again, until you get really good at it. As a musician, at first I always found recording to be really scary – I mean it’s going to be recorded forever! But then, after recording little by little, it’s now easy-peasy! But currently, shows are really scary, but they’re exhilarating too! A great show can really make you feel like you are a part of a story – or – that you would like to share your story. I’ll be doing my best going out there and doing these scary things – feel free to join me- it’s nice to have company when you’re scared. 😉