Daring to Dare

Dear Creative, You Also Deserve to Live

On encouraging, support, help and being a Creative in our fucked up society

Jenny Lane
15 min readJun 4

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Photo of the bedroom mirror and I, holding up a Dream sign. The frame is padded pink and my microphone is off to the side, lit purple blue. On the dresser is a Haitian flag and two little turtles.
Art and photo by Author and Creative, Jenny Lane

As I say in my About Me, in how to define myselfJenny, the loving? Jenny, the changer? Jenny, the encourager?

Jenny, the artist?

I am a Creative, through and through. Since knowing I was a being, I have been drawing. Since I could create symbols to represent sound, I have been writing. But one aspect of my creativity I am not so great at, is encouraging myself on incorporating these abilities into helping me live a vibrant life. Into turning these skills into ways I can live and create in financial freedom.

I’ve stayed small.

I’ve played it safe.

I’ve stayed small in past relationships that made me unsafe. I’ve invested life energy and money into supporting other people’s dreams. While they told me mine were frivolous, and I wasn’t cleaning the home the way they wanted it. Put my blood, sweat and tears into other people’s abodes, lives, businesses, dreams.

Service to others is a joy of mine, it’s a core life value of mine — helping others. But some people took mad advantage of this.

And I severely neglected to also turn that help onto myself.

I neglected to see my compassion needed to include me. I invested in futures that had no part of me in them.

Deferred dreams because of fears which were not my own.

Jenny, you are talented — but not talented enough to support yourself.

Jenny, you can write — but we don’t have enough faith you can write well enough to support yourself.

Jenny, you are a great artist — but not so great enough people will want to buy it so you can eat.

Of course, these exact words were never uttered in entirety but they were implied in the:

Jenny you have gifts but you probably shouldn’t study them in college because how will you live? They said, being creative isn’t a job, it’s a worthless hobby.

Major dissonance in my being because I need to create, like breathing. Creating is life…

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Jenny Lane

An overthinking human who writes to make room in her mind and peace in our hearts. Art and words are my love letters to the world.