Have the Courage to Create

Sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind, and just DO something!

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
— Mark Twain

We have one life and many chances to do something amazing, and it takes just one step to start to create that positive change. 

If the thing you want the courage to do is create, or start up something, then take that first step; you have the potential to change lives if you do.

So, pick up your pen, paints, violin, clay pots, camera and lens, sewing machine, hammer and nails, your laptop, or whatever your tools of trade – and just start!

Your creativity and ideas matter.

I still remember the day I watched Dead Poets Society for the first time, and cried during the Carpe-Diem scene realising I had a right to create and perform for a living.

I still remember how uplifted I felt finding Nadine Stair's poem in my twenties, or Maya Angelou's 'Don't Break the Elastic'; two poems that helped me learn to live in the moment.

If I had my life to live over,
I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.
I’d relax, I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances.

I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.

If i had my life to live over,
I would start bare foot earlier in the spring,
and stay that way later in the fall.
— Nadine Stair, If I Had My Life To Live Over

I remember the release I felt when I watched Brené Brown's The Power of Vulnerability and in all the times I've shared it in workshops since, realising that we're just as strong in our vulnerability as in our strength.

I remember the day I read J.K.Rowling's transcript of her Harvard commencement speech The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and decided again, I had to start writing again, even if I had lots to learn.  

I remember how humbled I felt in the standing ovation we gave Caroline Casey after hearing Looking Past Limits at the Aspire Women's Leadership conference; with tears silently falling, yet I was smiling, relieved my challenges weren't as great after all.

All of these creations helped me to take more courageous action daily, and they still do. They still inspire me to dream of a future I will create, but the important thing, is they encourage me to take action today.

Each of these creations in some way, lead me to a day when I decided to launch Wild Women Do, for you, the woman or man who hasn't yet realised that your creative ideas are so valuable and needed – and you must do what you're pulled to do. 

  1. What creative works have inspired you to be courageous?
  2. What would you like to have the courage to create now, today?
  3. What might your creation help someone else to feel?

I implore you to take whatever quote or affirmation that is going to get you into fiery-bold action, today, not next week, and let it empower you to create.

Use our Inspiration memes to get you started if you need to.

Remember, you can create if you want to and it matters when you do.

Love, Marie x

Image: Marie Milligan of a piece by Louise Bourgeois at Tate Modern.

Marie Milligan

I'm the Founder of Wild Women Do, a coaching network and movement for creative, entrepreneurial women needing support to create and launch something inspirational. A Holistic Business Coach, Entrepreneurship Educator and Writer, I love nothing better than helping you release your creative spirit, and get your ideas expressed and done.