Go Beyond – A Love Note

This is the fourth and last of the Love Notes series, and while you might think, considering who the other three were given to, that this one was for Mr. Mark.

You’d would be wrong.

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his  is a love note for all of you.  And it’s for me.  It’s for all of us who are struggling to find ourselves and our artistic voices.  It’s for when we question ourselves and worry that we’re not good enough.  It is a gentle reminder that in art, just like in life, there is no such thing as failure. 

This is a journey, not a contest!  As long as we’re trying new things, pushing ourselves beyond our comfort zones, learning from our mistakes and never giving up, then we are moving in the right direction. 

Let go of fear, embrace your imperfections.  Accept the beautiful mess that is you and learn to love how it’s expressed in what you create.

Beyond These Walls

As that title implies, I actually had a vision for this piece.  What emerged doesn’t exactly reflect that vision. In fact, I would have to say that this piece doesn’t really “do it” for me.

I didn’t like it and I certainly wasn’t comfortable sharing it with the world.

It didn’t feel right.  I couldn’t feel my voice in it.  It just felt hollow, somehow empty.

Beyond the Wall

These Things Happen

Actually they happen a lot, and when they do you basically have three choices; you can give up, you can start over and hope to get a better result, or you can just go with it and see what happens.

I’m almost always partial to the second option for a couple of reasons.

First, I’m hard on myself and I bet you are too. A lot of us creative types forget to grade ourselves on the curve.

Second, I don’t like sharing work that I’m not at least 70% happy with. I think that’s fairly common too. After all, nobody wants to expose what they consider their flops. t’s scary enough just putting ourselves out there!

Lately though, I’ve been pushing myself to follow the third option just a little more often than I’m comfortable with.

Trust me, this is a good thing. Often terrifying, but still a good thing!

When you force yourself to keep going and work with something that’s not feeling right, it’s generally a sign that you are improving.

Push Yourself Beyond Your Comfort Zone

When you are able to feel that something isn’t working, it means that you are developing an intuitive understanding of what does work.  You’ve done something enough to know your own style and abilities and that you know that you can do better.  It means that you are growing as an artist!

It also means that you’re pushing yourself in new directions, beyond your normal comfort zone.

Really, it does… if you were still in your comfort zone you wouldn’t be feeling so uncomfortable with what you were doing.

You may just be sticking your toe out beyond that line of comfort, you might not even be consciously aware that you’re doing it, but you’re still pushing yourself out there into the great unknown and everyone knows that the unknown can be one heck of a scary place!

You could fail in the unknown, people might laugh at you, or they won’t like you.  You could get embarrassed out there! 

Get Over It! 

Yep, you heard me!  Get over it! Get over it now! You don’t need that kind of negativity and you definately don’t need to be feeding it to yourself. Get over it, get over it, get the heck over it!

This is about you and where you want to be tomorrow, not where you where yesterday.  Forget your fear and everything else. Jump in there and make some mistakes.  Own them, share them, move on.  

Art, just like life, is sometimes scary and almost always messy… especially when you’re doing it right!  We get better at it by pushing ourselves way past our comfort zones, not by worrying about what might happen if we expose our tender underbellies.

So yeah, get over it!  You’re worth it!