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Starting over can be the most frightening challenge a person ever faces. Waking up to find that life as you know it no longer exists or realizing an image of your future life has been erased.
At one time or another, we all have had to pick up the pieces and face an uncertain future.
Free write for 15 minutes about a time in your life when the earth shook, when you were in a position where something you relied on changed dramatically. This can be separation from a loved one, losing your job or realizing your life no longer works for you. Did you ever think you were going to get through it? How did you get through it?
If you are going through this situation now, write about how this makes you feel. Do you feel out of control? What can you control? How can you get out of this? What is the first step you need to take?
Attitude is everything, right? Yes and no. Attitude does not compensate for skill. There are many successful artists who are not necessarily the most talented, but they had the guts to put their work out there.
Conversely, there many talented artists who have hidden their talents due to a fear of rejection. But what’s caused this fear of rejection or failure? Where did you acquire the notion that your work is not good enough or you do not desire to live your life’s dream of making the world more beautiful.
Think back to the times when someone tried to dissuade you from pursuing your craft. Write about this incident in detail. Next, why do you suppose the person said this to you? Why do you suppose this person tried to discourage you? Perhaps they were once discouraged. Now write about how this incident has affected you, but most importantly, how you will not allow this incident to affect you in the future.
Reclaim your right to artfully express yourself. Adopt an audacious attitude.