I love to write!! But as much as I love to write, I find myself in a constant state of editing. It's a problem really. When it comes to putting down how I feel or writing a business proposal or that annoying instagram caption for that post - I must edit everything at least 20 times (no exaggeration!). I write and then go back, read, edit, and repeat. I currently have three drafts of pictures saved on my personal instagram with captions that I just haven't had the guts to post - that I have edited and changed a few times.
I have written a few blog posts to date - but even so - not many of them have gone live. And here is the latest - after I had Rebeca lean over and say - STOP EDITING!!!
It got me thinking: how much of our lives do we edit? How much of ourselves are we too scared to show? So we filter things - our true self is sifted through culture, society, church, family, you name it. Maybe it's just me. But I think if we are honest we all have drafts saved of ourselves that we are possibly too scared to share. But thats not how we were created to live.
One of my all time favourite books is called "The Artisan Soul" - by Erwin MacManus. He is a creative genius and unlocks the truth that in fact, we are all creative - except of course who have been led to believe that they are not. One of the lines in the book that stuck with me is this:
“Whether we realise it or not, everything we do is an expression of either how alive our souls are or how much we have allowed ourselves to be deadened over time.”
- Erwin Mcmanus.
A harsh truth to read - but I think when we find ourselves in the spaces where we are being edited and not refined - we need to reconsider what we are thinking, speaking and doing. Untamed Creative Society makes a space for me to express who I am - unedited Kelsey - which is hugely freeing. And that's a space we are constantly pushing for in our company - a safe place for people to be their unedited selves. To figure out what it is that sets their souls on fire - within their companies and what they do. Sometimes its as simple as just reminding people why they love what they do. Reminding them of why they started. Reminding them to dream. Untamed reminds me that a simple yes - even though scary - can reveal dreams and promises I forgot were there!
So stop editing - dare to do the thing that scares you - and start living unedited!
I'll leave you with this - “Love never comes without wounds; faith never comes without failure.” - Erwin McManus