Is it really March already? Darn, I missed the first. You’ll come to learn that I love a new chapter and that the first of anything is a hopeful thing in my book.
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I really love this quote by Ira Glass. One of my favorite people sent this in an email last year; the type of friend who knows my frustrations (so many), and always believes I’ll be great no matter how many times I fall (a lot). Also the type of friend who passes along inspiration. At the time, I was knee deep in all-baby-all-the-time, seeking creative outlet but stuck in insecurity. I printed that email and have had it taped to my wall ever since. I thought I’d “tape” it to the blog.
You may know this quote already, but if you don’t, I encourage you to read. This is a thought on being a beginner, about believing in your instincts, about working your talent, about fighting to develop it, about putting that process into perspective before comparing yourself to death, and about being a creative. If your struggle isn’t creative, just substitute. We all have something.
Yeah, yeah, I have more photo posts coming soon. Today, let’s read words.
“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 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 you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” —Ira Glass
I don’t know, Ira. You think that you have taken longer to figure it out than anyone you know? Well, I might just give you a little run for your money. I am definitely still figuring things out. Sometimes I catch myself thinking “when I grow up” a little too often. Still, I have learned from my very round-about and non-linear past that there’s no such thing as “being behind” when it comes to life. You jump around, and when you open yourself up, take chances and really pursue something, you tend to end up in interesting places.
And for those of you who have made it all the way down to here, I just want to say THANK YOU. I am sharing a very raw version of myself. I am still finding my voice. I am still learning my camera, and my photo editing has a lot to be desired. I don’t know how to show you things the way I envision it all. I don’t know exactly where I’m headed, but I’m working on it, and I’m really flattered that I have company. I’m glad you’re here.
I’m also a little embarrassed. That’s just how it is.
*the nifty masking tape images via Besotted, an absolutely beautiful blog that I recently discovered and a lovely place for inspiration.