Wednesday, May 21, 2014

it doesn't have to be perfect


What are you holding yourself back from because you think it has to be perfect? Or what you've done or are capable of doing is not good enough?

Why is it that we do this? What is this mythical "good enough?" Who determines what is good enough? More often than not, the good enough we aspire to is something that is completely distorted by our flawed perceptions of self. Or tainted by comparison instead of being based on our own individual journey. After all, if we never start somewhere, we'll never have the opportunity to ever gain skills.

At the end of the day, I'm no great artist. I know this. And I decided to ignore it and just start sharing my art journaling journey anyways. Because I wanted to share. Because I wanted to build community. Because I just felt like it. There are tons of art journalers out there who are way more creative than I am. But that's not the point. I'm working on my own journey here and I've learned a lot along the way. That should be the measure of my "good enough". Or, so I think anyways.

It's more important that we actually do the work, put it out there, than sit on it and do nothing out of fear that it isn't good enough.

For that it means sharing imperfect pages even though they aren't great masterpieces because they're an honest reflection of my hurried dabblings, my daily process, and the evolution of my journaling/spirituality over time. If I waited to any of those things were "perfect" then I'd never do any of them!   :)

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