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Part II of Inspiration From an Interview With Fine Little Day. Part 1 was on quirky work habits and the difficulty of getting started. This two part series was prompted by my post, On Being Scared to Death to Act on a Good Idea and the overwhelming response it received, and then a providential the-internet-is-an-awesome-rabbit hole discovery on Friday of this incredible interview with Elizabeth, the brilliant mind behind Fine Little Day, a Sweden-based home decor, accessories, book, and craft shop. Interview done by Charlotte of the wonderful design blog, Lottie Loves.
Thank you so much for the comments and feedback on Part I. This second interview question and answer gives me tiny chills. Let's get right to it. Charlotte asks a simple question about Elizabeth's creative history.
Charlotte from Lottie Loves: Have you always been creatively driven?
Elizabeth from Fine Little Day: Even if I drew a lot as a child I was very unsure of my creative abilities. I've always thought creativity is interesting but I have not always been sure if I have the right to take the role as a creator. That feeling has come crawling.
Would you ever imagine such a simple question could evoke such a provocative answer? Those last lines are so telling: "...I have not always been sure if I have the right to take the role as a creator."
I had a visceral reaction to that last line. Instead of sharing what I feel about permission to be creative, What do you think? Have you ever felt "that feeling come crawling"? Have you hesitated to create because you didn't feel you had the right? Because others' talent was so much better? Did you push past it? I'd love to hear.
P.S. — My husband had a great thought: It's not a matter of learning to be creative but instead undoing the damage of having learned at some point that you are not.