05 Feb Fear
I’ve had this subject on my mind for the past couple of weeks. There are so many things in life and chances I don’t take out of fear. I’ve given it too much power, it exists too keep you alive but you shouldn’t use it as a crutch. If you always wait until your back is against the wall to start fighting how will you move forward? I can’t help but think the reason you won’t take a chance at a new opportunity as an adult is because of that one time as a child you touched a hot stove. You have to keep that childlike fearlessness, as adults we know too much.
I saw an interview with Les Stroud (Survivorman) where he said “there are only two ways to live, in fear or in love”. That really struck a chord with me, I avoid so many things because of silly fears and the further you walk down the path of fear the more fearful you will become, the only way to stop it is turn around and walk the other way.
I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching recently and I know the only way for me to move forward in life is to defeat my fears. People have told me that I am completely fearless in my use of color and other elements in my art, my goal is to apply that same mentality to the rest of my life. The picture I attached to this post is actually about this subject but when I painted I was trying to speak to other people not realizing I am also afraid. You can view it here.