Following your heart can be a daunting and scary task, mainly because it requires you to open who you truly are to the unpredictable world around you. It can be a difficult journey, learning to love yourself for all your strengths and weaknesses. Opening this up to the world can leave us feeling quite vulnerable. There is no longer a barrier; just you absorbing all the beauty around you and trying to deflect the ugliness. It is scary, but you need to do it anyways.
Learning to run an art business has been my big scary hurdle. I’ve always wanted to do this, but I was trapped by other people’s negativity. I’ve grown up with ideas like, “you need to get a real job” and “art doesn’t make money”. Then I decided that I wasn’t going to let others’ concepts of success deter me from following my heart. Have their tunes changed? …no, not really…but I have. The more comfortable I grow with my authentic self, the more I say “yes” to it, the more wonderful experiences I open my heart up to receive. It is scary being this vulnerable but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
This is truly living. You are going to build beautiful friendships and burn bridges. You are going to create joy and unintentional pain. There will be days filled with sunshine and others with pouring rain. There will be great accomplishments and difficult lessons learned. You will laugh and you will cry. There will be days when your heart feels like mush on the ground and you will want to give up; you’ll want to give in to the darkness that is the anger and pain inside you. But anger and pain accomplish nothing until you can learn to shed your light on them. There is no greater tragedy than encountering people who have yielded to their darkness. They are angry, they don’t accept apologies, they refuse to move forward, and refuse to show compassion to others. We all have these moments of darkness, we all make mistakes, but it is important to catch yourself and turn these moments around. Light can turn negativity into compassion and with compassion we can continue to follow our hearts. We can forgive, we can learn to love, we can let go, and we can move forward.
What we put out into the world (physical or online) is an opportunity for us to spread joy or pain to others. We choose what we create, we can bring joy into the world or add to the misery. Spreading our darkness can be like a poison that brings others down with it. But if we stay positive instead and shine our light through the darkness, we give people permission to do the same. One light turns into many making the world turn into a brighter and happier place.
I hope that each of you let your true self shine through in all you do, even if you are afraid. Don’t give into the darkness, let your light shine! Be true to who you are and share that with the world around you…it is truly a gift like no other.