Make some art. Make good art.
Dare to Create is the Courage Challenge for March.
It is magical to read this at the start of every day, with a little revision: “May your day be filled with magic and dreams”, and “I hope, somewhere at the end of the day or at the end of the year, you surprise yourself.”
This month’s Courage Challenge to dare to create is all about that. Daring to be led by your creative instinct and passion, to allow yourself to be surprised by discoveries of what you can create.
Don’t worry about what the others are doing. In art, what matters more than who does it better is uniqueness, originality, and authenticity. And all of that can be achieved when you create from the heart. Because you are unique.
“Live as only you can.” Create as only you can.
Sharing my favorite excerpts from Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech addressed to the University of the Arts, Class of 2012.
“Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do.
Make good art.
I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn’t matter. Do what only you do best. Make good art.
Make it on the good days too.”
“And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.”
For his complete speech, find the transcript and video here.