Who stops you?

What is it that you want to do? Start that new dance class that will take ages to master? Say hello to that beautiful human who keeps appearing in your world? Make some change in your lifestyle, or in the way you move or dress or look? Change your career? Begin playing with clay again? Sing more? Do video blogs? Declutter and let go of all that weighs you down and no longer sparks joy?

What is it that you want to do MORE THAN likes, followers, getting a good grade, a promotion, a round of applause, or an acknowledgment? What is it that ignites you with passion? What do you do that takes you right into the flow and makes time disappear? What is it that NEEDS to come out, to be expressed or created by you – no matter what? Even if it never gets liked, awarded, applauded, acknowledged, or maybe even worse – will ruffle some feathers and will be disliked? What is it that SO BADLY needs to resurface that you’d rather risk it all than continue resisting it?

And now. Who stops you from doing it? No, not those usual voices of self-criticism or doubts or comparisons. Instead – whose are the voices and opinions that you hear within your mind every time an impulse or an idea comes up? Who are they? Whose critical expressions pop up in your mind’s eye? Which childhood memory or past conversation stirs? Isn’t it strange that after all these years, they are still there? That they should still have a grip over us, over our creativity, our self-expression? All these ghosts, these shells, these faces – most of which we will never meet or see in person again. And yet their disappointment, disapproval, anger or mere apathy is a barrier between us and our passion. It keeps us back, a little hunched up, tamer and smaller.

This is a reminder that your wholeness is not too much for this Universe to handle. The thing that calls you is what this world needs, no matter how small or insignificant it might appear. It is not your place to judge or evaluate, simply to be the vessel of expression and creativity. Step it up today. Even if it’s the very tiniest of steps.

If you are happier writing than not writing, painting than not painting, singing than not singing, acting than not acting, directing than not directing, for God’s sake (and I mean that literally) let yourself do it.

Julia Cameron

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2 Comments
  1. Jesse 1 year ago

    Such wisdom! And so vital for happiness.

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      Asta 1 year ago

      Thank you, lovely! It’s something I need to remind myself of on a daily basis!!! 🙂

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