Grohl is a singer, guitarist, songwriter and founder of the rock band Foo Fighters - not a style of music I ever listened to. Of course, that meant I was intrigued. While his story was totally different than mine, I was surprised to find how many times I found myself nodding as he shared his thoughts on life. I agreed. One that struck me in particular as a writer was his comment on courage. I re-read it often when I am feeling overwhelmed.
- The Storyteller by Dave Grohl
To do our best work, to offer authenticity to our audience, means baring ourselves to the world in a very vulnerable and public way. We release our creation to the court of public opinion, and then have to stand in the spotlight while a judgement is made. Will people like it? Will they hate it? Will they even understand it? I know one artist who had a whole series she had worked years on censored. It was heart breaking. However, holding onto fear of disapproval means creating "SAFE" work.
What I love most about the quote above is the last line as it offers me a life line to hold onto. The courage to create honest work without fear, to reveal your true voice fully, is the magic ingredient that will help your work as an artist evolve. Even reading that line again gives me goosebumps. Courage may be challenging, but I am determined. I want to continue to grow as a writer and to speak from my heart.
While this quote spoke simply to artists, I think it can be applied to everyone who moves through life with passion and purpose. Whatever your career, your goals, your situation - courage and authenticity can add some special sauce into the mix. It will help you dream big, and draw you to others who are like minded, creating a circle of support. Moving with courage starts with a simple step, a choice to embrace it for a moment or even a day.
Here are a few to inspire you:
- I will follow my heart today without apology.
- I am brave, I am bold, I am fearless.
- I let go of fear and chose to live with courage.
- One step, one moment, one breath at a time.