Oh, Fear. You little punk. You have snuck up on me again.
You disguise yourself as overwhelm and perfectionism and I'm-too-busy-ness, but I'm not buying it anymore.
You, fear, have been apprehended.
It's been said that there are only two emotions in life, and all the others stem from these: fear and love.
But I might wager that even fear stems back to love. If you could strip the smelly onion layers off of that prickly pear called Fear, it too would reveal a core of Love.
We crave love from the depths of us. And we're afraid we're unworthy of love.
We're afraid we're not "enough."
THAT is what breeds all the negative emotions, if you're asking me.
I've learned that whenever a project sits on my "haven't-had-time-to-get-to-this" list for long enough, I need to ask myself what I'm afraid of.
Because it's fear and nothing else that keeps our creative projects from seeing the light of day. Any parent or creative person can tell you how scary it is to allow our babies into the world.
At the beginning of this year, I hired (the super talented) Jarret Blinkhorn of JB Horn Films to create a video for my website.
Jarret is not only super talented but also super speedy: the video has been ready for viewing for several months.
I simply have not been ready to be viewed.
I thought the reason I hadn't publicized it yet was because this site needed major updates. And I have clients to tend to! And a FAMILY! And OTHER THINGS!
But those excuses were just Fear, dancing around in Halloween masks.
That little punk.
The real freaking irony here is that I SPEAK in the VIDEO about the tendency to fear that we are not "enough."
When we SPEAK INTELLIGENTLY about things, it is supposed to mean that we are IMMUNE from them! I have stabbed my victory flag though the heart of Fear! He is KAPUT for me! Hence why I have called him out in my VIDEO! I am a verified expert! DONE with Fear, I am! DONE!
So WHY am I procrastinating?
[Drums fingers against cheek like the Grinch pondering Christmas.]
Oh, Fear. That little punk.
It's scary to the bahjeezus degree to put yourself out there. Even an expert would tell you that.
But I, for one, refuse to let a silly little thing like fear stand between me and my plans.
When we turn our backs on fear, we see that all that's left is love.
So today I stand before you once again as I (lovingly) tell my fears to F*ck Off.
I present to you: the new Bethany O Photography music video*.
I'm afraid of how much I love it.
*And by "music video," I mean that it is a video. And it has music in it. If embedded video isn't working, click here to see it on youtube.
Do you have any creative projects that have been sitting on the "to-do" list for a long time?
Join me in telling Fear to F*ck Off!
Tell me one TINY step you could take towards moving that project along today!