Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Do you dare?

Happy Tuesday, friends. ☺

A couple of nights ago, my family and I took a walk out onto one of the local piers. As we neared the beacon at the end, I saw this graffiti and felt compelled to take a photo.

I don't know who penned these words, but I feel as though they were meant for me. They make me think about my own creative passion, writing, and remind me that if I'm not willing to take a risk—if I refuse to tackle that difficult subject or submit that poem or write about that thing that's been haunting me or try a different style of writing—then I can't expect to get far on my writing path. Creating is about being brave. It's about daring to take risks and daring to step out of our comfort zones.

I think this quote by community activist Mary Lou Cook says it all: "Creating is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." (Emphasis mine.)

How about you? Do you dare to be creative?

Wishing you all an adventurous Tuesday. ☺

40 comments:

  1. It's scary sometimes, but I still try for it. :)

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    1. Good for you! Sometimes I feel like I'm standing on a ledge—scary!—but I've learned that I still need to try, despite my fears.

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  2. Beautiful photo, yes, I try to be creative every day!

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    1. You certainly do. You do beautiful work!

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  3. I try and get insperation from others

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    1. Same here. There are so many creative, inspiring people in this world.

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  4. I have no choice but be creative. I have deadlines looming :)

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    1. Sometimes forced creativity is the best of all!

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  5. Great reminder! You inspire me.

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  6. I love being creative. Yes, there are mistakes to be made, but it's fun to challenge yourself and think outside the box.

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    1. You're so right about that. We just have to get past that fear.

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  7. Every once in awhile I take the plunge but far more often I just play it safe. Pity but true. ;)

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  8. Go for it, Dana, you can do it! The more we are creative the more creative we become (hopefully).

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Sally. I agree. :)

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  9. All the best Dana! Forced creativity may release a masterpiece!

    nas

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    1. Thanks, Nas. You never know; it just might!

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  10. Dana,

    I admire creative people, but do not like seeing graffiti on monuments (happens a lot around here).

    Hugs

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    1. I feel the same way.

      Happy Wednesday!

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  11. I think a lot of times I don't step out of my comfort zone but when I do I am always glad I did.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. Same here, usually. It's so easy for me to get in a rut and accept what I'm doing as good enough. I need to step out more in terms of my writing.

      Happy Wednesday, Kathy!

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  12. I love to create....there just isn't enough time each day!

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  13. It's interesting how a simple thought can inspire. Look at the philosophical response it inspired in you. Other people think I'm creative but I wish I were more so. Most of the time I just plod along.

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    1. That's true. I wonder if the person who wrote those words had any idea what they might inspire in someone else.

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  14. I agree Dana ... it's about stepping outside the box knowing some people may disaprove. Usually grafitti is peppered with negative or useless comments but this was challenging...I like it.

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    1. Yes, it's definitely a thought-provoking statement.

      Have a great Wednesday. ☺

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  15. Well Dana, I just told about this on your SWS post and sounds like you have a message here and you could use the waiting time as a driver to boost your creativity without pressure. A line of two at a time and before you know it your book will be in front of your eyes.

    Wish you the best for the rest of your week and hope to see you on saturday.

    Grace

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    1. You're absolutely right. Books and poems can definitely be built in those few small moments.

      Have a great week, Grace!

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  16. Creativity is always a risk, b/c we're hoping to be likes - rewarded for our efforts. There are no guarantees! That's the scary part. But, I agree, we must just be brave! And not attached to "love" from others. We must create for our OWN souls. :-)

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    1. Yes, I agree that we all want our work to be liked by others. You're absolutely right, though, that we should be doing it for ourselves instead. Have a wonderful, creative week, Mare. :)

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