It terrifies me so I think I have to do it
I was having an email exchange with a friend about some creative outlets around the area. For one in particular they said “it terrifies me so I think I have to do it”. The old Stoics have this concept of Amor Fati. Ryan Holiday puts it like this…
Amor fati is a mindset that you take on for making the best out of anything that happens: Treating each and every moment—no matter how challenging—as something to be embraced, not avoided. To not only be okay with it, but love it and be better for it. So that like oxygen to a fire, obstacles and adversity become fuel for your potential.
The idea is that you have the opportunity to grow the most via the things that challenge you the most. I mean, if theres a frigging bear chasing you, don’t think what kind of opportunity does this present to me. Run away, or stand still, or play dead, I forget what the rules of engagement are for bears.
Anyway, for creative work, I love this idea. If you’re looking for ways to express yourself, or learn creative skills to apply in your work/day job, pick the thing that terrifies you the most. Then go do it.
Posted on July 4, 2021