2 Years Ago on My Blog: The VUTT, or Why I'm Not Afraid of the Dark

Read the full post here: The VUTT, or Why I'm Not Afraid of the Dark

But this is my favorite part, and the one that's just as relevant today as then.

The vast UNKNOWN terrible thing (or the VUTT as I like to call it) is what replaces the boogeyman and monsters in the closet for grownups. The VUTT is what you read about happening to other people’s children in the paper, the million different syndromes, conditions, diagnoses and labels that you fear your unborn child might have that will somehow make his/her way in life just a little harder, when you already know it’s plenty hard enough. The VUTT is the bus accident you heard about in the next town over or the school shooting you saw on the news. It’s cancer, it’s diabetes, it’s depression, it’s Down’s Syndrome it’s Parkinson’s disease, it’s congenital heart failure and male pattern baldness.

It is the terrible secret of our genes and the cruel twist of fate and there is nothing that can be done about it.

— http://joelsharpton.com/therogueslife/2013/07/30/the-vutt-or-why-im-not-afraid-of-the-dark

We're not having anymore kids, so don't get excited. But the VUTT, that Vast Unknown Terrible Thing, can hit you while you're in the middle of birthing a creative project too.

What if people don't like it? What if it never makes any money? What if it's too big for you? What if someone else would do it better? What if they already have?

Screw all that. There is no boogeyman in my closet. The project (as all projects) might sink or swim, but it'll do so on it's own merits and only when I've brought it out into the world will it have the chance to do so.

So, I'm on my way to Fort Worth to work on making more stuff, and to make the stuff I make better. I'm killing my VUTT every day with hard work and positive thinking.

What are you doing today?