I have wondered if perhaps it’s because I was born premature, 7 months instead of the usual 9, that I almost never feel quite ready for whatever it is that I’m getting ready to do. I am pretty good at organizing and planning large and complicated projects, but even so, I rarely feel ready if the something I’m working on is personal, as opposed to work-related.
I’ve realized that on some level I’m waiting for perfect, and as artist and blogger on living a creative life, Melissa Dinwiddie says in her Imperfectionist Manifesto, “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of done.” I have resolved that 2017 is the year I personally stop waiting for “perfect” or “finished,” because it is never perfect or completely finished.
I’ve given myself a rather ambitious To-Do list regarding my art and all the things (like this website) that are connected to it. The ambitious part is nothing new, actually committing it to a calendar is. And being determined to maintain this schedule pretty much decrees that it won’t be perfect, couldn’t possibly be.
There’s a quote by John Burroughs that I dearly hope is true: “Leap, and the net will appear.” This is me, no longer waiting for perfection and just jumping off the deep end.
I'm learning more about my art, and from my art, every day. It's not so much a matter of skill or practice... mostly it's a shift in perspective, a way of shaping how I look at and exist in the world.
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