Calling All Creators

You’re the type of person who can’t handle the criticism. The type of person who wrote a novel when he was 9, showed it to his parents, who criticized it (out of love, you understand now) and never wrote a page of truth since. You’re the type of person who tried to play the guitar, but when you realized you didn’t sound like Hendrix, you wilted and you let it gather a pile of dust thicker than an Alaskan snow fall.

Some people call you a perfectionist. Some people call you sensitive. You call yourself a failure.

But really, you’re a creator.

You’re the type of person who doesn’t skip down to the comments when you see an interesting blog post online. You actually read it. You’re the type of person who wants to bring the world up with your personal power, not tear it down. You’re the type of person who wants only good to stream forth from you.

And that’s why every time you make a mistake, every time you hurt others when you take a risk, you wilt. It’s why you can’t handle the criticism of others.

This piece of writing, it’s not for everybody. Some people, they don’t feel this. They don’t wilt. They stand up and they keep writing. Good for them.

This piece, it’s for you. For the one who’s still reading. The one who’s thinking that he or she will never express his true essence.

You’re out there. And the world in so many ways is so damaging to beautiful souls like you. The internet, while it seems like a world so full of possibilities for a creative soul like yours, is also a landmine of traumatic criticism. A place where the moment someone expresses his soul he can be torn to shreds. Where a gay person can find support from so many, but also anger from the masses. Where saying a whisper about circumcision now will garner plenty of agreement, but also incredibly poisonous vitriol.

And for a soul like yours it seems like too much to take.

But here’s the truth: you belong here. Your voice is needed here more than anyone else’s. Because it’s so easy to be a commenter, an anonymous voice in this garble of inane conversation. A person hiding behind anonymity and anger and others in the same position.

It’s much harder to be you. To be a creator. To be beautiful.

And that’s why we need you here. We need your voice. It’s time for the creators to unite. It’s time for beauty to shine forth. Let’s do this.

  • Varda Meyers Epstein

    I read every word. Every word resonated. I get you. Me too.

  • aaron leib

    Beautiful Pie(a)ce Elad. Your words are a lens into Neshamas. Not easy. Wanted to say that the people who wilt, they are the most powerful people. They have so much light to give to the world. But the world has to fight back, or else it will be exposed. The world really is a beautiful Garden (Basi Legani). It takes work and light to grow and flourish though. Its our challenge to shine the light and warmth on this cold, dark, and barren soil. The wilters, they got so much light, that the world is absolutely terrified. It can’t be exposed thhaat much. G-dliness and truth are meant to be hidden. What would happen if G-dliness were exposed? The world would never be the same. The world is comfortable as it is. So the wilters are pushed back and told not to shine. But its exactly that resistance which proves how important we are. Shine on…and keep the faith…

    • Aaron, LOVED this comment. Totally agree, also. So great to see how Chassidus ties into it all.

  • I love this so true!

  • Just amazing, Elad.

  • shoshannah

    I learned a long time ago that I’m not fearful of failure but fearful of success… because if/when I do succeed, I have to keep it up and succeed more and more and more. And THAT is hard and makes me “wilt” and not want to try so hard the next time. So, I don’t. And I’m tired. And while others say I’m creative, and I know I can be, often I just want to hide or go back to sleep, out of the limelight, away from even the possibility of success. Usually, I just sabotage my own work, especially relationships, just so that I do NOT succeed, so I’m not fearful of it…

    • This is totally my issue as well, Shoshannah. It’s one of the hardest things to deal with as an artist or someone who simply wants to do something meaningful in the world.

      May I suggest some books that may help? They changed my life in this regard.

      The first book is called “If You Want To Write” and it’s written by Brenda Ueland. It’s absolutely beautiful and inspiring, and completely changed the way I looked at creativity. And just so you know, it doesn’t just apply to writing, but any sort of creative endeavor: http://www.amazon.com/If-You-Want-Write-Independence/dp/9650060286/

      The other book is called “The 7 Secrets of the Prolific”. The book is specifically aimed at helping people get over their fear of success. It’s much more practical than the first one, which I found helpful. This blog would not be anywhere close to where it is now if I hadn’t read this book: http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Prolific-Definitive-Procrastination-Perfectionism/dp/098364540X

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  • beckarobinson

    thank you

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  • Bella Tonini

    Beautiful!

  • I’m with you.