Article by Wendy McCance
Picture for a moment a great artist. What draws a person to the artists painting? What makes you stop and stare and think about what the artist is trying to convey? A great piece of art has heart. You can feel a vibration emanating from the piece. You can see into the artists soul, if ever so slightly. Picture a musician or a writer and the moment the words of their song or thoughts written on a page grabs at you and creates an impression you just can’t shake.
To be great at any artistic pursuit, you must let your guard down and be honest down to your core. A dancer can only be as great as the feelings they portray in their movements. As a writer, I am only able to leave an impression on those who read my words when I am brave enough to open up and share my deepest moments, even if they might be my darkest memories. It’s those private feelings we put the highest wall around that are the most relatable. They leave the most intense impression when we are brave enough to share those thoughts and feelings with the world.
Why is it so hard to get to those places and allow ourselves to open up on such an intimate level? We are all human and we have all had experiences that others can relate to. Those who can express their feelings and open themselves up to everyone around them are the ones who provide others with the biggest gift. They acknowledge what so many can’t face and stretch out a hand to help others who are battling their own demons know that they are not alone.
Look at the paintings, read the stories, hum along to the music and be enamored with the dancing of those who are fearless enough to share the beauty of the human experience without fear, judgement or insecurities. These are the people who live comfortably in their skin and want to teach others how to get to the same place in their own life. These are the people who have let us in and agree that there are many struggles and that we all face them. These are the people who have flaws but show them for they are part of the beauty that makes them who they are.
In this one life that you are given, do not waste time on worry. Do not fear showing others who you are, where you have been and where you dream of going. You will never live a genuine life until you can let the walls that hold you in down and allow the sunshine in your heart out to warm those who surround you.
To be brilliant in your artistic pursuit, let the walls fall away and expose yourself for who you really are. The best part of you is the vulnerable person who resides behind the facade you present to the world. It is the person that people are most happy to see, get to know and aspire to be just like.
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