This is a lesson that has been very difficult for me to learn. Being a perfectionist, I always want to accomplish every task I tackle flawlessly. Unfortunately, this isn’t possible or attainable. In the past (and even sometimes now), I’ve found myself extremely frustrated that I can’t seem to do things as well as I want to. I’m one of those people who is pretty good at everything I do, but I’m not actually great at anything. Big fish in a small pond, perhaps? Sound familiar? Maybe this is because practically everyone is pretty good at some of the things they do.
I keep reminding myself that it’s positive to work on things, to try to do the best you can. But I just have to be careful to not take this too far. For instance, there are some things that I would really like to do, but don’t in fear that I’ll be ridiculed. These things include showing my drawings to others, playing guitar and singing on stage or sharing my writing.
I’m always in awe of my friends and peers who so fearlessly put themselves out there. I’m coming to realize though that it’s not that anyone I know is particularly extraordinary at their craft, but it’s that they throw themselves into it and don’t hold back. When watching someone play and sing on stage, it’s hard to sit there and really thing about how good they are or aren’t when it’s obvious that they’re having so much fun. If you’re not looking to be famous and are just looking for a good time, it’s not really about how good you are, it’s about how much you love and enjoy it.
I know it’s not New Years, but it’s never a bad time to make resolutions. So here is mine: I resolve to put myself out there artistically (even though it’s scary) and to have fun with it!
Lovelies, I think that this holds true for most people. I hope that as I put myself out there, some of you can resolve to do the same thing as well. Is there anything that y’all have ever really wanted to do but have been too scared? And if you have taken the plunge, how did it all turn out? Are you glad you did it?