the freed texts

“We must risk joy. We must have the stubbornness to allow our joy in the merciless stove of this world.”

(Jack Gilbert)


I read these phrases by Jack Gilbert in an extract of a book whose English title had attracted me at first. Although the book did not convince me further, these sentences remained and I was fascinated by the thought “being in a state of continuous amazement.” I followed the idea of “living out of stubborn joy as I can” and found myself in a wave of emotions. Because for several days I tried to formulate the text for this page, but did not find the words that could express what I actually wanted to say here. I wrote and rejected my texts several times because I felt that each time I described what I had experienced, but I did not really capture what I thought about it. The word didn’t want to come to me and I was stressed.

Then I read a special section in “Big Magic: Creative living beyond the fear,” in which a mental excursion to the poet Jack Gilbert was made. As a professor he urged his students to be unafraid for “without fearlessness they would never recognize the world in all the wealth that it desires from us to recognize.” Drawn by the content and the range of the word “fearlessness,” it manifested what I intended to do to leave a world that destroyed me and build a new world. I wanted to be fearless because I knew that the core of my freedom was hidden in it.

I realized that I prefer to go on an adventure, to face my own creativity fearless and to acquire and experience the world in a creative life. At the same time I realized that the fearless joy of the things of this world, and above all of the creativity that reflection of things would entail, would require a lot from me. Because I couldn’t. I couldn’t be fearless. My anxiety disorder was the tightly anchored scare of a world where I couldn’t handle it because I didn’t understand it. I had learned the fear but I longed for “fearless.” Countless books of thoughts full of texts about the longing for a world without fear lined my shelves in an apartment that I had built into a castle. This is where fearlessness should be born? In a world full of fear?

My creativity was undoubtedly a component that had fallen as a victim to my fear. It could not flourish at all where permanent social fears contradicted a personal expression. I had no idea how to express myself when I learned to take me in the background and suppress needs and could not reject at my border. I was a product of this society and so she gave birth to someone who was frightened when someone else was there and set social rules that I didn’t understand. I was the perfect screw in the infinitely rotating transmission.

If I want to drive forward fearless, I have to face the fearlessness in a process. Because the fearlessness isn’t there just because I want it. An inner maturity process formed from the preparation against the socialization of my past, in which I must endure the inner confrontation. Because I want to know it. I want to know what it’s like to listen to my inspiration and inner compass, to follow their calls and to acquire the life I deserve. The emancipation of social guidelines is for me a healing possibility, which will give me back the world in which everything is possible. I have so much desire to be fearless because I feel that there is an incredible wealth there. I can see which world is waiting for me and how it longs to be recognized by me. In texts, in artistic projects and conflicts, in being and in doing. In my texts on this page I write about the fight for my fearlessnes, about my courage to go on, about my changes and fears on the way there and my joy, which I will “press perpendicularly against the merciless stove of this world.

Do you have the courage?
Do you have the courage to create this work?
The treasures hidden in you hope that you will say ‘yes’.

(Jack Gilbert)

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