The title of this post is a quote from Tara Brach’s book “Radical Acceptance.” It refers to the Buddhist practice of “taking refuge” and being able face your fears by reminding yourself that “we are a part of something larger than our own frightened self.”
I’ve written a number of posts about Art & Fear (here and here among others) and I am in the middle of ALL THAT right now. I am not afraid of making art. I make good art, quality art. You might not like all of it or any of it, but I do. I make it for me. It’s the process of putting it out there, marketing my art and myself, that kicks the fear genie into gear. Then I start getting attached to the outcome of YOU liking it. Danger! Danger, Will Robinson!
Why? I dunno. Part of it is overwhelm. There is so much to do. Branding, marketing, social media, website, photography (videos, images), networking, etc. And all the technology that goes with it … the list is long. I’ll be very good at it by this time next year. Right now, I’m a bit scared. Fear is winning. Fear that I dont belong with all the ‘real’ artists. I have imposter syndrome.
I need to find refuge in the art community, feel like I belong. Deeply and without question believe the truth that I am an artist worthy of your time and interest. Then I will have arrived. I’ll be part of the tribe.
I’ll be there soon, I promise.