Art is not art until it touches someone.
It is easy to create something that no one else will ever see, hear, touch, or feel, to keep it to yourself where it is safe, where you are safe. Creation itself is easy. It only takes time. Putting your creation into the world and shining a light on it for others to see, that is an act of bravery and, whether others receive it as such or not, that is when it becomes art.
This does not mean that all creative projects should go public nor that all publicized creative works are works of art. It simply means that if you are hiding your work, your best work, you may be creative, but you are not (yet) an artist. This is not a condemnation. It is more of a plea. We need more artists. We need more creatives sharing their best work, the work they are most afraid of. We need more art in the world so that other creatives can be inspired to become artists.
Courage is contagious.
“As in life, so too in budo. As in budo, so too in life.”