I have found the reason I haven’t posted on this blog in a long time and it is the perfect topic to resurrect it.

vemödalen – n. the fear that everything has already been done.

Vemödalen is the reason I have trouble writing or finding an inspiration for art. I’m not sure if it is a true fear, but it is definitely an inhibitor. This video by John Koenig, creator of one of my new favorite websites, The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, tells a heart-hitting story of a real struggle for many people. His web series seeks to create and define words “to fill a hole in the language—to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for.”

Personally, this video is a reminder to stop thinking about what others have or haven’t done and follow my own passions, even if others have the same passions. I’m not original in what I do and that should be ok.

Don’t Look Back, remains the best advice I ever received from any sidewalk. The past is the past, and it doesn’t matter if someone else has done it before. I’m done making excuses (this sounds much easier in print). It’s time to take action so I can end up where I’m meant to be, wherever that is. For now, I’ll try to overpower my thoughts and let myself create freely. And to myself I say, “Good luck with that.”


One thought on “Vemödalen

  1. I really really struggle with this. Being a professional “artist” is this constant battle between delivering consistency for my clients without feeling like I’m doing what everyone else is doing or just dong the same stuff over and over again.

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