When you write or create from a place of creative risk, you may feel like you're standing at the edge of a deep mystery, a wild power: but who is standing at your back? The fear antidotes we've talked about in this series so far have been focused creating feelings of safety and conviction within the self. These remedies for fear are potent, and along with these I also recommend expanding your vision beyond your self.
Fear Antidote #4: Envision your readers & descendants
When I began writing about sexual trauma and the struggle to find my identity as a teenage girl, it was with a pang of grief and often electrified by anger: where were these words for me, when I needed them? Beyond these feelings--or deeper down within them--was a passionate knowing that it was my task to speak the words today that could have helped this teenage girl in me feel less alone. Writing these words is a way of retroactively acknowledging--and thereby healing--her. But just as importantly, these words could reach girls (or parents of girls) who may need this compassion now, or soon.