So, today’s post was supposed to be about love and how wonderful it would be if we’d all just fall in love with the people who fall in love with us, and how even more wonderful it would be if we could manage to fall for the people who love us at the same time they’re falling for us…
And then I re-watched an interview with Debbie Millman in which she talks about success and how it looks different if you’re a Fortune 500 company, versus, say, an artist. And since I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what success means to me, I thought maybe I’d write a post where we all hash out what it means to “define success on your own terms…”
And then I remembered how weeks ago someone asked me here on the blog when it was that I officially considered myself an artist. Thinking about my answer temporarily unleashed some familiar, but wily, demons, and since I’m not the only creative plagued with self-doubt and a sometimes debilitating fear of rejection, I thought THAT’S what I should write about this week – the apprehension so many of us have about assuming a title that others may not think we deserve…
And then, on the morning I’d set aside to write this post, I got up with an image in my head. I sat down at my work table and started drawing, and then painting, and while that sounds very simple when I write it here, it wasn’t at all simple while I was doing it. There may or may not have been actual tears and a decision to write a post sometime in the future about why I am absolutely NOT an artist.
But I kept drawing and erasing (and drawing and erasing, and drawing and erasing, like some sort of crazed, malfunctioning, occasionally teary-eyed robot-woman) and then painting, and by the time I was done, so was the day.
So, now, this is my post…
It’s a nice Friday thought, right? Have a great weekend, everybody, and by all means, STAND OUT.
p.s. If you want me to write about any of the original post topics, feel free to weigh in.
p.p.s. Congratulations to June O’Reilly, who won the original ink doodle I promised to give someone in my last post.