Being brave is an age-old topic for discussion and reflection.
What is ‘being brave’?
Lots of definitions right?
As we grow as a species we come to realise it’s not just physical bravery that is to be admired.
Poets are brave.
Writers are brave.
Creative people who share are brave.
They open themselves up to judgement. They share aspects of themselves that reveal their inner thoughts and emotions.
If creating something doesn’t reveal something about the creator, it can still be good, but it will never be great.
But what about revealing a universal truth, doesn’t that make it great.
I guess… I’m a tough crowd…
If it speaks to me of the thoughts and emotions of another person, shows me they are opening up their spirit and their heart, then I’m far more likely to be moved.
And being moved is what creating stuff is all about.
Being brave enough to say, ‘here, look at this, listen to this, *feel* this. This is a bit of me,’ that’s where the courageous go.
I’ve read some poems recently that have moved me, made me think. They have made me see something in another person, helped me view the world through another’s eyes. The language and execution has not always impressed me, sometimes it does but that’s rare. But the courage and insight always do.
When I experience something that entertains me I appreciate it and the energy it took to create it. I’m mostly impressed that someone has hit all the right spots in getting me to smile or think, or both!
But yeah… when something moves me, makes me feel… that I find amazing and brave and all kinds of special.
So to all the creatives out there I’d say this: show us something about yourself. Share a deeper part of you than you might be thinking of sharing. Give us a glimpse of who you are. Help us see things through your thoughts and feelings. You will not always get a positive response, but you should know that there will always be someone who experiences your creation and goes, ‘wow! That moved me.’