“What do you really want to say that you are afraid to say?” Louis CK
Sometimes the most challenging part of creating something is having the courage to speak from your heart. There is tremendous risk in putting yourself out there. Fear of rejection, fear of failure, and even fear of success.
It’s that fear that keeps us from creating. Fear helps us create reasons to stay away from our instruments whatever they may be.
And it’s that reason why a creative practice is so important. You just sit down everyday and do your craft. You don’t judge it as soon as it comes out. You make what Anne Lamott calls the “shitty first draft”.
That’s why Louis creating a new routine every year is so inspiring. He’s made a commitment to not let fear dictate his life. He’s made a commitment to just be Louis. His act doesn’t comes out perfect the first time. He’s a craftsman not a magician. It’s his ability to get in there and work it, and develop it, and stick with it that makes up his gift.
And the really cool thing is that we can all re-create ourselves every year no matter what we do. We all have free will. We all have the choice to connect with who we are right now and express it. And the more we do it, the deeper we get into the good stuff.
And the best part is that it all starts new everyday. You just gotta pull that instrument out, get in front of it, and go.
Thanks for the inspiration Louis.