“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” Pablo Picasso
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Sylvia Plath
Sometimes I just need a good quote , something that reminds me I’m not the only one who thinks a certain way.
Sometimes I need to know I’m not the only one who is struggling.
Sometimes I need some art therapy.
Children are great teachers in this area. They remind us to enjoy the process instead of focusing on outcomes. I say I’m a recovering perfectionist. I say the prices of creating is more important than a perfectly executed project. But my inner critic is loud. And , oftentimes, there is a world ready to pounce on each and every perceived flaw.
And that’s when I look for a quote by one of my beloved famed philosophers … ( who also happens to be a talented actor) … Mr. Denzel Washington, who once said :
“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about what you’ve done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington
And, about the process versus criticism :
“If I am a cup maker, I’m interested in making the best cup I possibly can. My effort goes into that cup, not what people think about it.” – Denzel Washington
These are great reminders. As creatives, sometimes we can feel lonely. Sometimes we can feel as if the hours we pour into our work goes largely unnoticed.
Sometimes we feel like we just want to Make Good Things, but the world demands we learn how to market ourselves and the things we make. There is a tension there. We can take comfort in the fact that it is not New. Those that have gone before us had similar struggles. (Don’t believe me? Read a biography on Monet or Jim Henson.)
Creativity is healing . Creativity is intuitive. People that are naturally creative are often not as proficient at the business side of things.
That’s ok. We can learn .