We often liken creative pursuits to war. Battles, fights, wins, and losses. Whatever it may be – music, art, fashion – our craft becomes our weapon of choice.
But, who are we fighting against?
In a way – but not completely.
The night I began preparing to launch Car Window Poetry, I also started reading "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield. I began highlighting everything because the author points out the creative's true enemy – Resistance.
Pressfield writes, "Resistance is the most toxic force on the planet... If you believe in God (and I do) you must declare Resistance evil, for it prevents us from achieving the life God intended when He endowed each of us with our own unique genius."
Before reading this book, I knew Resistance was going to be the thing pushing against me the most in launching Car Window Poetry. So, I did everything I could to make sure Resistance knew I was doing this.
I wrote down everything in a tiny, unassuming notebook. I designed and ordered cards that night. I purchased this website. I created all the Car Window Poetry social media accounts, and I also began speaking this dream. I spoke it to myself. I spoke it to my mom, to my girlfriend, to my best friends. Anybody who was willing to listen, I told.
And yesterday, I beat Resistance. When my roommate walked into our apartment with a box of cards, I beat Resistance. When I bought three pens from Target to write poems on the cards, I beat Resistance. When I didn't go home after but drove to Garden of the Gods and took pictures of the cards, I beat Resistance. When I passed on dinner to make sure everything was in place for the launch, I beat Resistance. When I pressed "Post" and officially launched Car Window Poetry, I beat Resistance.
I'm incredibly thankful for everyone who took a moment to cheer me on, share the project with their friends, and follow along on social media. I even had one friend who wants to launch the project in Charleston, SC. Please hear me say this – THANK YOU!
But though I celebrate today, the fight with Resistance is not yet done. I won yesterday's battle, but the war is far from over. My next steps are to continue getting the word out about Car Window Poetry and also working with friends here in Colorado Springs to set up a writing event where local poets will gather and fill the cards with their poems. Once they're complete, I'll set a drop date and we'll get these cards out into the world!
You can continue helping by following Car Window Poetry on Instagram, sharing this project with your friends, and submitting your poems to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you're interested in launching this project in your area, purchase your own cards here. Before purchasing cards, please email me and let me know you've signed up so I can add the card pack to your MOO account!
Let's keep fighting.