If you’re an artist or writer, it’s important to trust your inner voice. I write and make art to please myself, and also to communicate thoughts and ideas that I trust will resonate with others. I know that if I am feeling something, chances are other people are feeling it too. If the feeling is one I want to celebrate, I feel excitement and joy, which in turn multiplies its positive power as it is expressed and shared.
The more I have let go of self-censorship, second guessing, or creating anything according to what I think others expect, the happier I feel and more I like what I produce and that is what I would recommend to young creatives. Be yourself, let your happy come out to play, and your work will find its audience. This goes for any kind of creative self-expression, including how your decorate your home and how you dress.
I have always loved Bon Jovi’s song “It’s My Life.” “My heart is like an open highway / Like Frankie said / I did it ‘My Way’.”
Musician, actor, and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi recalled, “I had just come home from making U-571 and I said ‘Sinatra made 16 movies and toured ’til he was 80. This is my role model.’ He [Richie Sambora] said, ‘You can’t write that damn lyric. Nobody cares about Frank Sinatra but you.’ And I wrote it anyway.”
“When I was writing “It’s My Life”, I thought I was writing very self-indulgently about my own life and where I was in it. I didn’t realize that the phrase ‘It’s My Life’ would be taken as being about everyone–by teenagers, by older guys, mechanics, whatever. “It’s my life, and I’m taking control”. Everyone kind of feels that way from time to time.”
Yes, they do.