“Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. We are all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up to discover what is already there.” ~Henry Miller~
This quote moved me quite a lot when I discovered it on my wife’s wordpress. How much do we hold back because we worry too much if people will dislike it. When did this become our default setting? I challenge you all, and I challenge myself as well, to stop thinking like this and instead think about how many people will like your work. No matter what happens someone is going to dislike you. Someone is going to absolutely hate your work. And there will be people who love it and who share it with other like minds.
So now when you write something don’t think about how it could be better or that people won’t like it. Think instead about how you enjoy writing it and how someone else out there is going to read it and crack up with joy themselves.
You have been challenged!