Creating For Validation Is Canceled
I’ve been having a digital identity crisis. I’ve been struggling with how to use my social platforms in a way that feels more authentic to me. That’s not to say that I’ve been dishonest in the content that I’ve created. It’s always been important to me to use whatever influence that I have to encourage people to be better. It’s not an issue of truth, it’s an issue of intention.
It’s very easy to get caught up in the trap of creating what you think people want you to create. As artists, when we put our work into the world, we subject it to the opinions of others. When the opinions of others get involved, it can influence what you’re creating, how you’re creating, and the rate at which you’re creating. You start to put yourself into categories that are familiar to you. Using other people’s platforms as templates for your own puts you at risk of losing your distinctive voice.
Each creator has a different way that they see the world.
It’s important to understand each other’s perspectives, but sometimes you have to put your blinders on and protect your vision for your life. There comes a point when you don’t need any more inspiration, you need to take action in a way that feels meaningful and truthful to who you are and what your vision is.
I’m currently 7 weeks into The Artist’s Way, and I’m rediscovering who I wanted to be before social influence caused me to aspire to something else. I’m not interested in having people listen to me unless I’m saying something that matters. I don’t want anyone to look to me unless I can show them something inspiring. Our platforms and our voice are not to be taken lightly. They are not to be rolled flat and pressed out with cookie cutters. They are yours. They are unique. Remember what it was you wanted to say when you first learned to speak. I’m learning to do the same.
Originally published on HolliBaker.com.