I'm a writer who slipped up and lost sight of my dreams in Grad School. It's so easy for me to wax romantically about words, and loving the feel of them on pages, and that rich feeling I get inside when I'm reading a finely crafted sentence aloud. I approached my undergrad degree with verve, excited to live and work around folks who understood deep inside what words mean, and I left there feeling I have a chance to actually become that novelist filmmaker the eleven year old in me wanted to drop out of middle school to become. And then Grad School fell on me a bit too hard, and it became a very real reality that this thing, this desire for greatness could, in fact, break and embarrass me. I didn't know that it would be so hard...that I would have to work so hard to make something of it. But that was a little deceitful plot hole.
This week, I'm challenging myself to jump back in the groove and understand that Jesus did not make a way for me to cower in fear at the slightest challenge. But instead, He empowers us to work. If we want to see anything beautiful in this world, it'll never be handed over in a simple wink because you have to learn. I hope that Misty's words inspire you to throw yourself into whatever your art is, embracing the nuance of work, of growth, of getting better, of crying because it makes you feel naked, and then washing your face and getting right down to business. Don't allow any setbacks or false evidence of inadequacy to get in the way, because the reality is we're all still learning, whether novice or 'expert'. Remember that whatever that special thing is that you're creating, you're bringing light and joy and hopefully something that will inspire someone else in the middle of their own 'wee hours of the morning crisis'. Always accept constructive criticism. But reject the rest because it's always easier to criticize than to work and there are far more people criticizing than actually hitting the pavement. It's also so tempting to sit back and wallow in a failure. But no one's got time for that *hugs*.
Happy hustling, guys! The odds are always in your favor (wink wink)!