Let no one keep you from your journey,
no rabbi or priest,
no mother who wants you to dig for treasures she misplaced,
no father who won't let one life be enough,
no lover who measures their worth
by what you might give up,
no voice that tells you in the night
it can't be done.
Let nothing dissuade you
from seeing what you see
or feeling the winds that make you
want to dance alone
or go where no one
has yet to go.
You are the only explorer.
Your heart, the unreadable compass.
Your soul, the shore of a promise
too great to be ignored.
This poem by Mark Nepo called “Breaking Surface” is a wonderful inspiration to keep creating. So often, during the creative process, we allow ourselves to be intimidated, or unnecessarily influenced by other people’s work and other people’s opinions. And somehow, along the way, we squash our own creative explorations as a result. As creatives, we are all too quick to judge, to find ourselves lacking, to diminish all that we are and can be.
I encourage you to be bold, to explore and to embrace every creative possibility.
Take comfort from the knowledge that you are and always will be creative, even if right now, you are struggling to express that creativity.
Take that leap, write that chord, play that note.
We need your music. We need your words. We need your creative soul.
Choose to Begin.