The other day a middle-aged man died in the middle of a crosswalk near where I work in NYC.
He was going about his day walking across the street and then fell face first. The lady who I was helping gasped in horror as he started to seize.
A group of people rushed to help him. They turned him on his side. A guy started to direct traffic so cars would not run over him.
Within a few minutes (which felt like hours) the man’s health began to decline rapidly. A nurse who happened to be nearby started to administer CPR.
My manager rushed over to assist. He told me later that the man started to hemorrhage. Blood poured out of his mouth. He lost bodily function.
I saw the man’s face turn grey. He started to transition to the next phase right in front of us.
There was nothing that we could do. Paramedics got him on to the gurney. It was too late. When it’s your time that’s it.
A great wave of sadness filled the air around us. Some of my co-workers began to cry. It was a tough day but I learned something very valuable.
Create as much as you can. You never know when it’s your time to move on.
Humans are meant to create. We can build massive companies just by starting a blog. We create from the intangible.
Our thoughts turn to actions which turn into manifestation in the physical realm.
Too often we are plagued by our ego. Not feeling good enough. Not feeling that we have anything useful to contribute.
Each time we give power to our dark passenger that is a time that we don’t bring more light into the world.
I fall victim to my dark passenger more than I care to admit. Seeing a man die in front of me showed how important it is to overcome the fear of creating.
Perhaps you feel inexperienced as a creator. You feel that no one will find your work useful. The only way I have found to overcome these negative feelings is to devote one more day to practice.
If you give yourself an out it prevents you from living your dreams.
Negative thoughts and feelings will never go away but you don’t have to identify with them. They will pass like any storm cloud.
Steven Pressfield author of The War of Art asks us,
“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”
This rings so true. I know that when I experience massive amounts of fear, I am on the right track. Its painful but it pays off in the long run.
Seeing someone die in front of me was a rough lesson but it demanded me to overcome my fears.
You never know when your journey is over on planet Earth. Perhaps you think that others have it figured out and you don’t.
This is not true.
No one knows what’s going to happen in the future. We have our intuition (Higher Self) to help us make the best decisions possible.
We all have creative gifts that we are supposed to use in this life. Many of us never access and utilize our gifts.
This makes you stuck in the drone phase of life. You stay stuck. You become plagued by depression and lack of self-worth.
The only way to around this is to develop awareness around what’s stopping you from creating.
If you don’t have awareness then you can’t grow into the person you are meant to be.
If I don’t write, I sink into depression. I turn on myself because depression is anger. Writing allows me to express and keeps the momentum going.
For you, it may be singing or having deep meaningful conversations with others. It doesn’t matter which medium you express your creativity from. It only matters that you use your innate gifts.
The man I saw die was casually walking across the street on a beautiful summer morning. Then it was over for him.
It’s not over for me or you…yet. Let’s create until the day we die. It’s our birthright.