Every time I write a new blog post, WordPress gives me the statistical information about the blog (how many posts, subscribers, etc.) and a quote about writing. This was their quote a couple of weeks ago, ”There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are‘. W. Somerset Maugham”.
I remember reading a story years ago about Georgia O’Keeffe’s sister. She was quite a talented painter herself, but some negative comment by Georgia, regarding her work, shut her down and she either didn’t paint again, or never made her work public. I can’t remember the details, but they are not that important.
So many of us have doubted ourselves and our lives. We fear that we don’t know enough, aren’t talented enough, aren’t sure how to begin, fear other’s won’t like what we want to do, fear we’ll make a fool of ourselves, and this self-doubt so often results in us not doing what we would love to try, or we quit too early.
I have never met a person who didn’t doubt themselves at one time or another. It seems to be a part of the human experience. So if you are doubting yourself, you are in good-company, and if you are ready to begin something that you have been wanting to try,…..yipee!!!
(An affirmation that I’ve shared here before, and have found extremely helpful myself, is: ”I am deeply and profoundly Self-confident”.)
“What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else”. Joseph Campbell