But what if I fail?
April 23, 2015
Today I’ve got a tidbit of sweet, serendipitous inspiration for you that’s been on my mind!
Last week I stumbled upon Smart Creative Women – a podcast founded and hosted by artist/creativity coach Monica Lee featuring women in the business of creativity. She interviews super cool women (and some men) doing exciting, creative stuff and I find it pretty inspiring and quite practically helpful as well. So I’ve been enjoying that as I putter around many mornings, and today the best thing happened!
I was working away on my 100 Day Project page, looking for something to listen to… checked out the site, and what, wha?! Elle Luna, artist, designer, start-up superstar and none other than bonny captain of the 100 Day Project herself happened to be interviewed! And, seriously. I listened to the interview TWICE in a row. Typically, I’m not a repeat reader/listener, and I cannot remember the last time I did that. Elle was mostly talking about the premise behind her new book, The Crossroads of Should and Must. I haven’t read the book yet, it just launched but it sounds like a winner – part objet d’art, part practical guide to finding and following your passion, I def just ordered it.
Anyway. During the interview, she quoted a page from the book – an internal dialogue she has with herself almost daily. I’d already read the page, as it was posted during the amp up to the 100 day project, and it’s been on my mind since. Well, one line has. The line:
“But what if I fail?”
Not you might. You will. It’s a glorious certainty. For me, hearing this beautiful, brilliant artist and business woman say you will fail, as she gently tosses her baby birds out of the nest feels so liberating! Actually, it was kinda the clincher for me in deciding to do the project! And it’s been quietly whispering to me ever since, in such a strangely encouraging way.
Because it’s true, right? We will fail. Always, every time. In some way! Not completely, maybe not even mostly, but partly. For certain. We will always fall short – in our perception – and that is alright. It’s just reality! Embracing that idea as a peaceful, playful, pleasurable certainty is really encouraging me to just lean in, love it, take some risks and run with it. It’s pulled some of the punch out of the fear of failure – helping me to enjoy the process of writing and creating more, be more public with my own creative stuff, let people know what I’m up to (self-promo, yikes!)… call midwives in German, try to return shoes after the return policy has expired… You know, generally terrifying stuff like that. 😉
Seriously though. Do you feel me here?