If you decide to devote your life to a creative pursuit (and there nothing to say you have to) then this opens up a whole series of new challenges. You can’t just do the activity when you feel like it, you have to do it when you don’t feel like it. Your have to practice your craft relentlessly and methodically.
As Maisel says…
“When you decide to devote yourself to creativity in a specific area, you raise the stakes tremendously, you organise your life around the dream, and you find that your emotions rise and fall with your successes and failures”.
In other words, you really have to put yourself on the line if you are serious about your craft. Once you identify yourself as an artist you open yourself up to judgement and criticism and I think this is the part that scares me most, along with having to be actually good at something. Working hard enough to be good at something doesn’t really strike me as all that difficult. It’s being vulnerable that scares me.