Often, it might feel like choosing between two pretty good options. But in your heart you know which one is right. The life of an artist is full of moments like this. Moments where the only wrong choice is to not move forward, to stagnate.
Jeff Goins on showing your work
I love Jeff Goins writing because he so effectively captures the struggle of creative people trying to do good work. Jeff frames things around his medium, writing, but his struggle is one we all face when making the decision to express ourselves.
That expression can come in many forms.
Starting a business.
Making new friends.
In all cases you are making a choice to have an experience based on your own terms and desires. There’s risk in that because if things don’t turn out the way you want, it’s easy to criticize yourself for making the wrong decision.
You can beat yourself up because you’re not good enough. You can beat yourself up because your choice wasn’t what you expected. Or, even scarier, things can go well and you end up challenging yourself to go farther than you ever imagined.
But that criticism is short sighted.
When we think of becoming or doing something, we envision the idealized version of what we seek. We see the book someone wrote or the business someone owns and we want that.
We don’t think about the time behind the keyboard. The time doing research and running the business.
The whole, or end result is great, but you can live an end result. You can’t live a book or a business.
You can be a writer.
You can be a business person.
That is why it’s important to do the things that you desire and express yourself.
Being who you are is a journey. It’s has ups and downs and struggles and laughter. Some days it’s hard and some days it’s easy.
But it’s always YOUR journey so despite how scary it is or how nervous you feel or how unprepared you feel take the path you know in your heart is right and see what happens next.