When I saw the trailer for “Everything, Everything” I was immediately interested in seeing the film. Not only am I a fan of both Anika Noni Rose (Pauline) and Amandla Stenberg (Maddy,) who play mother and daughter in the movie, but the premise seemed too intriguing to miss. A young girl who’s been confined to her home her entire life due to an illness decides to literally risk it all when a new neighbor makes her wonder what she’s missing in the world outside.

*SPOILER ALERT* *SPOILER ALERT* *SPOILER ALERT* If you plan on seeing the movie don’t read beyond this point.

Turns out, that there was no illness at all. In fact, due to the fact that Pauline had lost her husband and son in an accident when Maddy was a baby, she faked a diagnosis in an attempt to protect her child from the world. In essence though, she selfishly confined her because she was afraid to lose her. When Maddy found out, of course she was incredulous. She’d spent 18 years of her life inside, with a weak immune system from not being exposed to the world.

The movie itself was cute – a love story at best, but I think there’s an additional message embedded for all of us who call ourselves creatives.

It’s easy for someone to project their fears on to you and cause you to change the way you operate. Especially when it’s someone you love, or someone you really respect. If you allow the fears, failures, and mis-steps of others to shape the way you view the world, or change what you’ve planned to do, you run the risk of living an unfulfilled life. And truly, who wants to live a life that doesn’t match your potential?

Not me. And if you’re reading this, I know you don’t either. You just don’t seem like the type.

Have you seen Everything, Everything? What did you think about it? Have you ever held off on something because someone projected their fears on to you? If so… what are you doing about it now? Tweet me… and let’s discuss.