I drew a picture today.
I like it, but I’m afraid to let anyone see.
What if they don’t like it?
What if they make fun of me?
But if I don’t show it to them, how will I know?
They might think it’s great!
They might want to see more!
I’m nervous, but I drew my picture to share.
If it sits in a drawer, no one will care.
I wonder if everyone feels this way?
Written by Patrick S. Stemp
Illustrated by Anita Soelver
I wonder if that feeling ever really goes away? Somehow I think not. Unless you come to a time when you don’t care anymore, and then what’s the point?
The pros learn to recognize their fear for what it is – just another roadblock to overcome. They live with it and do the work anyway.
It’s a daily battle for many (most? all?) creatives, and one we should help our children fight from an early age, by encouraging them to try new things and to share the results.
Any creative person will probably recognize the feelings from this short story. At some point or another, we have been afraid to show the world the stuff we’ve created. Doesn’t matter if it is a drawing, a new book, a song we’ve written or something else entirely. When you create something, there’s a piece of you in there, and even though you learn to detach yourself from your art as you grow older and produce more, I think we’ll keep a little snippet of that, which will appear whenever you’re ready to press publish online or produce that new drawing you hold behind your back, to actually show it to your friends.
I have personally overcome that fear, by creating art for me. If I like it, that’s good enough. Even though I always strive to learn new things, to get better for each piece, I have myself to answer to and no one else, when I create art for me.