Many of us shy away from the thought of creating something new because what we have in mind does not exist elsewhere. We think, “no one else does it” or “no one else has done it before.” But that is exactly the point and the joy of creating. If it already exists, then it is not creative and we are not making our own contribution to existence.
There does not need to be an existing replica of what you are trying to bring into existence and you do not need to have done it before. It could be a book, a business idea, a new service, a product, any contribution to existence. If you only did what you have done before, you would never grow and the world would be a very boring place.
You are already unique anyway and you have never existed. If you would be true to yourself, you would believe for and birth something that has never existed. Why would you want to conform your idea to what exists? The uniqueness of your creation is not the reason to abort it. It is the reason to bring it to life. After all, you are unique and you exist. Why not your idea?
We are here, not as place fillers but as individual unique beings each with something to give that the world needs. Let’s stop depriving the world of our uniqueness because no one else does it. If you are here in this dispensation, your thought is needed here, your idea is needed here, your concept is needed here, now. Besides, the fact that your idea does not exist means the world lacks it. You are the only one who can bring into being what you are equipped for and you have limited time to get it done.
This speaks to me because I am in the process of reinventing what I do and I am tempted to freak out because I don’t know that anyone else has made such transition before. I am realizing that no one else needs to have done it before. I am realizing that the fact that no one else has done exactly that before means the world lacks it. I am the only one who can bring into existence what I was equipped for by the Creator and what my experiences have prepared me for. Like you, I have limited time to do it.
Is there something you want to birth?
I remembered Mark Twain’s words while jogging this morning:
“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.”