You may not know where to start, but keeping those ideas moving changes everything.

I’ve always considered myself a creative person. From the moment I was able to pick up a crayon, I would attempt to construct a world that was the epitome of happiness.

Throughout my lifetime, I expressed myself in different ways, trying to release the waves of imagination roaring inside. Little did I know, there was a way in which I could cultivate that level of creativity. It just needed a platform.

Over time, I picked up on other things I could do — things like playing music, writing, even sketching in my free time. Though I could do all of those things, I knew I couldn’t juggle them all at one time.

Eventually, I would need to focus on one while harnessing the most out of the others as I could. So, I chose writing. It was, for me, therapeutic.

There was something about pouring your heart out on an empty canvas and looking at it with your own two eyes. 

Before I found an avenue of releasing these carefully concealed feelings of mine, though, I would do everything I could to hide them.

I didn’t want people to know how I felt because I didn’t want them to get the wrong impression about me. There was enough negativity in the world. Why would I need to contribute anything more?

This thought crippled me for quite some time. Unable to shake myself loose from these chains, I fell into a pit creative stagnation.

Sure, I was still “creative” at the time, meaning I had the potential of expressing what was inside of me. But I lacked the will to do anything about it.

Well, not anymore.

The First Step Is Always Scary

I’m sure you can relate to that. You’ve seen all those amazing writers and artists out there. Usually, there doesn’t seem like any room to fit you in. But there is.

It’s just enough room for you and everybody else willing to bypass the assumptions that they aren’t good enough; that they don’t have what it takes to make something of their creative expressions.

Here’s how I know: you are distinctly different from every single person out there on the face of the planet. You have qualities that only resemble someone like you. And as cliche as that may seem, it’s true.

The moment you recognize that is the moment you’ll relay your message to the rest of the world without allowing yourself to cave under its relative opinions and rash notions.

You have a story that can only be told by you, in a way that only you can orchestrate.

This idea is what encourages me to continue to create. Whether it’s playing music, writing, or photography, I’ve learned to give my creativity a platform…because that’s where it belongs.

The truth is, you’ll never know where your creativity will take you until you make your move. Not that it will be easy, but it will certainly be worth it, even if you fall flat on your face at first.

It’s hard to fathom the idea that your story would be rather boring if it weren’t for the failures along the way. For every happy ending, there was a rough journey.

For some, the journey’s still tough despite the joys they experience. But it’s a journey they wouldn’t trade for anything else. Because those bumps and bruising will make gold out of you, what’s holding you back?

Photo by Matt Sclarandis on Unsplash

It’s Not All About Size

You may stop to think about the size of the platform. I’ll be honest, I did too. I wanted to start with the big dogs (and cats). My expression was valuable to me, so I wanted the platform to match that.

To share your heart in a space that equates to a local coffee shop seems like a waste of time. But starting with that mindset will hurt you if you aren’t careful. The size of the platform doesn’t matter as much as the platform itself.

The simple fact that you have a means of sharing what matters to you should stick out like a sore thumb when you stop to think about it.

Does it make a broader impact if it gets placed in front of millions of people? Maybe. Will it get more attention if the number of people read it, listen to it, or watch it? Perhaps. But don’t belittle small beginnings.

Those seemingly insignificant stages often lead to bigger ones. And it’s with that in mind that you should find gratitude in every opportunity that presents itself.

No, that doesn’t mean that you accept every offer that comes your way. Consider your value, the effort you’ve put into your work, and the motive behind those who give you the opportunity.

But never squash the idea that something bigger could happen if you gave it a bit more consideration.

Your Time Starts Now

I have no idea who this message is for, or who will see it for what it is. I can only share with you what matters to me. And the truth is, I want to encourage you to do the same.

Just imagine what could happen if that mindset turns into a chain reaction involving people who acknowledge their potential and develop a sense of cultivation for it.

If you need to hear it, I’ll say it. I believe in you. I believe in you because I’ve experienced what happens when we begin to believe in ourselves.

Too often that knot lies at the root of the problem. We don’t believe in ourselves. We don’t trust our abilities, trapped in a cycle of comparison that never seems to end.

I can’t stop this cycle for you, but you can do it yourself. You need a little push like I did. So here I am, pushing you to do more, to be more, to experience more because you exist for more, instead of settling for less.

Give your creativity a platform and see what happens.

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