I recently heard some one say that we need to “replace fear with creativity,” and it struck me. I love that we can replace our feelings of fear by being creative and seeking a solution to overcoming and/or managing your fear. Bottom line is that I am not a fearless person. It is in how I choose to approach my fears that I can be creative, resourceful and find ways to move forward without fear blocking my way.
There are many people who have used this same approach with fears in their lives. They have found ways for fear to inspire them and through this inspiration they are often able to work through or around their fears and experience life less or even unencumbered by that feeling of fear.
In one article about fear and creativity, the author works to “overcome fear to be more creative.” She wanted to be a writer, but her fear of putting herself out there was holding her back. She used seven creative strategies to get moving on her writing despite her lingering fear. She not only found ways to move past her fear, but as she moved further past it, her creativity seemed to grow. It moved beyond being just a tool to work around her fear and into a tool to live her dream of being a writer. It seems she has been successful, since I am now referencing her writing. 🙂
This inspires me. If we address our fears, it has been said that in the process of addressing, we will actually find a deeper sense of self. Joseph Campbell is recognized for saying “in the cave of your fears lies the treasure you seek most.” It is as if we can move through fear, often utilizing creativity to step beyond fear, and that on the other side of that barrier of fear, we will find beauty, happiness and perhaps fulfillment. If you want to take a deeper dive into this, check out Ryan Holiday’s book The Obstacle is the Way. In this book he points to the fact that instead of avoiding the obstacles in our lives, we can look to them as direction in which to move forward.
Fear can be a block to our bodies, emotionally and physically. It can put us in a state of reaction, rather than a state of thought and intention. It can be exhausting, distracting and inhibiting, all of which can stop us from reaching our potential, our dreams, our desires or being the person we want to be. All of this is not to say that I have the answer, but to say that I hope this conversation about fear and creativity inspires you to continue working through fears that you or your loved ones are holding, so that fear doesn’t become the endpoints on your trajectory of life, but rather markers along the way.