Why people don’t follow their dream is not a single why, but many. As many as a person can make up.
If the desire is sincere, the artist has to START practicing!
Main reasons people don’t pursue something they long to do:
- lack of time
- not feeling worthy
- feeling inadequate
- thinking it’s not important
- thinking others will object
These are just a few examples. Since I’m a visual artist, I have only experience in that type of art, but I know for sure that if you want to be a good musician you have to practice A LOT.
Some artists might slap on some paint and create a huge painting in an hour. For the art to be effective, they would have had to practice and explore countless styles and tools in the past.
I’ve seen people create “sofa art” on home improvement shows. I can’t say it’s not art, but the subject won’t hit me in the gut or make me pause to really look, to absorb.
Art in any form is a life long exploration.
So what to do about the objections I posted above?
Fear: The only way to get past fear is to face it head on and start creating anyway. It will rear its ugly head time and time again, but you gotta get your brave on! Take some classes if you can’t get started.
Lack of time: If you insist on that excuse, there won’t be any time, but if you’re sincere in your desire, you will find the time. Start with 10 minutes a day. Set up your art / craft / music / dance / supplies where you can see them as a reminder.
Not feeling worthy: That is old programming of shame and guilt. Engage with your dream anyway and know that the false programming is a scam to keep you “in line” and work for the Man. Tapping is a great help. Check it out on YouTube.
Feeling inadequate: Have you ever gone ice skating or rollerblading? You know it’s next to impossible to keep on your feet the first few times. But you laugh off the embarrassment of looking like a fool and keep going.
We all look like fools when we start something new. Get over it and practice.
Thinking it’s not important: Maybe you’re thinking of the wrong dream. Maybe you’re not important.
Thinking others will object: They probably will. They want you to be the same, not grow as a person. That might make them look bad and make them remember the dream they shoved into the closet among the spiders.
The mothers of the Lewis and Clark expedition members probably said “Don’t go,” when the guys stated they were going to explore vast uncharted wilderness. The mothers’ fear didn’t stop those intrepid souls.
We have got to explore what is calling us from inside!
It is your Lewis and Clark expedition. You don’t have to face grizzlies and raging rivers, but you have to face your fears and give your passion some space.
I did write a blog post about Fear Holding You Back and what to do about it.
Have a creative weekend, folks!
Lots of love and inspiration to you.
P.S. I have some new things for sale in my etsy shop today. EARTH AND FAERY.