“Making the work you want to make means finding nourishment within the work itself.”David Bayles and Ted Orland, Art & Fear
Great things take time. That’s why if we’ve got to love the process of our work. When you love what you do, then all you have to do is keep challenging yourself and keep pursuing it no matter what. Failure sucks. But stopping because you failed (or stopping because of some random thing in life got in the way) sucks even worse. Because you’re left with feelings of ‘what if’. What if I kept going? What if I never quit? What if we decided to be ‘crazy’ and never stop?
As long as we’re still breathing, we have a chance to start again. Doing something because you loving do is all the validation you need to keep doing it. Everything will try to get in the way of your creativity — most of all yourself. Ever the more reason to resist and do it anyway.
We may not be where we want to be, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy where we are. As long as we keep going strong, we’ll get there when we are ready. Enjoying where we are is tricky, because by its very nature, growing and improving yourself highlights that you’re not at the level you want to be yet. Of course, there’s not really a there there. ‘There’ is just another moment on the continuous path of a lifelong journey.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #732