I dare so I am… (Whilt 17)

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. -Johann von Goethe

Courage is a strange thing – like fire: too little and you don’t exist; too much and… you can cease to exist as well… it’s self-perpetuated under the one condition – it’s got the fuel to nurture it. Basically, it purifies you as well as it may be a consuming force, if you won’t master it…

Neglected, it dies; one gentle stroke of attention – it glows again. It knows or respects no rules made for the ‘health and safety’ sake; it demands maturity and keen intelligence in handling it.

I was about to do an important step today and I stepped back, perhaps still feeling burns on my fingers from the last time, when I tried to touch and command the fire… In the same moment, when I chose so-called ‘common sense’ and self-importance over the boldness of challenging the situation, I knew I was wrong…

Painting and the creative act in general takes a lot of courage (and this is the most corny thing I’ve written in weeks); actually – it’s not meant to be for faint-hearted… One false step, one step too far, one step back (because you lack the boldness) and you lost the most important, and sometimes you are the last person to recognize it…

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it… To dare means to be, to create …



About kasia

Born in Poland. Lives in Ireland, Cork. Visual artist. View all posts by kasia

One response to “I dare so I am… (Whilt 17)

  • Stan

    These are interesting thoughts. Courage may be easier to recognise than to define, or maybe it is simply the antidote to fear. It seems most noticeable when it is most needed and most lacking.

    What you wrote about painting and the creative act may be corny but it is also true. Creativity, especially when it becomes a way of life, demands constant re-invention, re-creation and revolution: these are definitely not activities for the faint-hearted!

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