We all have things that we are afraid of! Probably one of the silliest things I am afraid of is a new art journal. I love buying pretty blank art journals with good quality paper. I will buy the journal and take it home. Once I get home I hold and look at the journal with great admiration. I think about all the pretty art that I want to do in this beautiful new journal.
Sometimes the journal will sit around for days, and sometimes even weeks. I want to start working in the journal, but then I stop and set it aside again. I am just two afraid of messing it up. I feel like my work want be worthy of this beautiful journal and beautiful paper. I feel that if my work isn’t perfect it will scar the beautiful journal and paper and I will feel bad. I know that for most people this sounds really silly.
Some people have fears of spiders and snakes. Spiders and snakes I can handle (with the exception of the occasional tarantella). But this blank journal think has truly been an obstacle for me.
One day I finally came to the conclusion that this fear of working in a new, beautiful, blank journal was keeping me from creating the art that I wanted to create.
I finally came to the realization that “it is just paper”! So what if I mess it up. I can either tear the page out, or I can go get a new journal. And what if I did mess it up? I knew I wouldn’t die, and I knew that somebody I loved would die if I messed the page up. I knew there weren’t any beautiful journal police watching me and waiting to take me to jail if I messed the page up. So what did it matter!
This silly little fear is all that was holding me back. Once I recognized this silly little fear as being the big obstacle keeping me from creating my art, I was able to get over it. Now I still love getting a new journal, however creating the first page is a delight. Once I have the first page finished I am so happy and I feel like there is nothing that can stop me!
“Obstacles Are Frightful” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs
So, what silly little fear do you have that is keeping you from reaching your goal?
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