Monday, June 23, 2008

Self-Belief

I was sitting here thinking about creativity. I have a close friend living in the paradise that is Hawaii and working in the arts. She is so talented and creative and one of the most supportive, positive persons I know. She recently emailed me saying that she put her head down recently and cried, thinking "What am I doing wrong? Why am I not succeeding?"

I wrote her back saying that I have done the same thing.

Mind you, both of us are talented artists. Both of us are creative as hell. I think the problem isn't even our art. It's everything else but...but it's affected us. We've both had a rough, but very interesting, past 2 years. I think all creative types struggle with it. We know our talents have value--not even in just a monetary way--but the outside forces involves in our lives such as bills, illness, etc. can often make us doubt that value. I wrote her back saying..."So many others believe in us. It's just a matter of us believing in ourselves as well again. We can and will do it!"

And I believe we will.

7 comments:

Karoda said...

I was excited to see an update from you, but then I popped over here and see that you're going through a rough spell...I hope you go through it well and come out on the other side feeling strong and as your bestest self. hangeth in.

Karen said...

Like Karoda, I was happy to see you have a new post, but sad to know your struggling. I am sure we have all felt this way. But first and foremost believing in oneself is a major step.You will get there!

yetunde said...

i miss you girl. i know how your friend is feeling. Saturday, someone was telling me how much they were loving my work and i cried. i was not feeling it. long story. i am telling you to take one day at a time. just like i am trying to do, one day at a time.

Susan said...

I don't know your friend, but I have seen examples of your wonderful art. You are right about every artist - in every art genre - going through times of self-doubt, of saying, "What ever made me think I could do this?"

The fact is you can, and you will again, and you know it. Sometimes we need a break, and sometimes we need to do something, anything, to get back into the art habit.

Hard as it is, you'll get to the place where you can shut out those distractions and get back into your art. I selfishly hope it happens sooner, rather than later. =)

Beate Knappe said...

you #LL make it I'm sure!!

divagirl said...

The problem is we're women. Men would never doubt their worth or their art, nor would they let anything get in the way. Grow some testicles and see how you feel

divagirl said...

The problem is we're women. Men would never doubt their worth or their art, nor would they let anything get in the way. Grow some testicles and see how you feel