The link above will take you to a video of Richard Sherman, co-writer of many classic Disney songs, performing the original version of It’s A Small World. The song starts out much slower until it picks up the pace as it nears that familiar refrain that can get stuck in your head for days.
My favorite thing about this video is at the very end. After Dick Sherman bangs out the final notes, he turns, props his elbow on his piano and gives a wide grin. There was joy in creating the song and clearly there is joy in sharing it.
I create stuff for a living. Every day I make something new and too often I forget just how much fun that is. There is joy in creating and joy in doing. The thing that is so hard for me (for whatever strange reason), is finding joy in sharing things with others. Don’t get me wrong, I love having other people see, listen to or just enjoy my work, but I hate physically being there while they do it. Direct attention seems to make me extremely uncomfortable, but maybe if I can learn to show off my work with the same kind of joy that goes into making it, that little fear will become a thing of the past.