Tuesday, August 14
My heart smiled SO big when I came across this picture from last year. To see my work go from that to this is motivating to say the least. Oftentimes I fall into the trap of unhealthy criticism and comparison; both of which seem to suck any inspiration right out of me. Immediately i remembered this inspiration I had come across earlier in the week:
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple of years you make stuff, it's just not that good. It's trying to be good, it has potential, but it's not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn't have this special thing that we want it to have. we all go through this. and if you are just starting out or are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap and your work will become as good as your ambitions. I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I've ever met. It's going to take awhile. It's normal to take awhile. You've just gotta fight your way through it.
I could not have stumbled across these words at a more opportune time. Seeing a satisfying progression in my work has been so uplifting and to be honest, it is calming. It puts me at ease knowing I'm on my way...things are coming together...opportunities are plentiful and I could not feel more alive after wrapping up an amazing summer of following my heart and dreams. I am so thankful.
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