Today I need to get this off my chest (and you do too). I'm sure there's a lot of people out there that feel like their creativity is being stifled by someone or something in their life. So if that sounds like you, keep reading. But first, I want to say that this is my creative space, nobody else's. This is my life, and I can shape my world into what I imagine. You can too.
So my questions are: how can we escape these oppressive environments? How can we let our minds put our thoughts into actions without being judged?
I'm still trying to figure out the answers but for me, it's a matter of not caring what people think; that's easy to say, but not necessarily easy to do. Right now, I'm writing this post because I feel as if I am being held back from my true creative potential. But in order to break that, we'll have to find people, or just one person, that will build us up instead of tear us down.
First step: Find an outlet for your work. For me it's this blog. Make it your little secret if you have to and then gradually start sharing it with others. Some people will love it, some people will hate it, but most of the time, people who don't agree with it, won't say anything. A lot of the time, people will praise you for taking a chance and being different and unconventional.
For example, before I started my blog (and started sharing my blog with classmates, friends, etc.) I relied on myself and my readers for encouragement. Presently I'd say a good amount of people in my life know that I'm a blogger. For me, it was just a matter of time and courage.
I've found over time also that it's very important to affirm yourself. Yesterday, I had a retreat with my class. At the end of it, we went around and had to share a gift we bring to the rest of our class. It took me a long time to figure mine out; it's much easier to affirm others rather than yourself. But I actually came up with something I really like: "I try to be true to myself in order to inspire others"
For me, this means dressing the way I want, giving my advice and opinions, and being just all around genuine. I consider myself a person who can't just pick one path to go down, so that's what I try to project, especially in the way I dress.
So just remember that you are beautiful in every single way. Don't let anyone bring you down. And if someone's bringing you down, there'll always be someone to bring you up. Go out there, and do what you want because life is short and the time is now.