I am my harshest critic. This blog is my attempt to squash that and to get back to writing, making art, and just sharing my thoughts and knowledge.
It can be very easy to talk yourself out of doing awesome things.
I have no time. I don’t have enough money. I’m not creative enough. I’m not smart enough. I’m not [fill in the blank] enough. These are the lies that keep us from being our best.
Often in my life people have praised me where I felt that I had done a subpar job for myself, because I know I can do so much more. Does that mean I should hold myself to a lower standard? No. It does mean however that I need to have a bit of a reality check with myself and accept compliments. Yes.
I have let perfect become the enemy of done. That is changing right now.
It can be hard to let go of perfectionism and it is very challenging to pick yourself up and start over, but it is harder not to be creative. Creativity is soothing and invigorating at the same time. It is uplifting. And it is core to the human experience. So, I’m going to make sure I get some more rest and take even the tiniest steps towards endeavors that make me feel like the best version of myself.
I think the fundamental difference between an artist and someone who is not yet an artist is that artists dare to try because they can’t not try. Failure is part of the process and often ‘failure’ is more beautiful in the end. Someone who is not an artist often is caught up in that they can’t make something like someone else and they give up instead of understanding that what makes art special is you. Art is not in recreating what someone else already did. That is practice, not art. Art is taking what you learn and making your own. What do you really have to lose?
Fox heart: water color illustration by Jenny Veile, 2015