Over the past week+ I have been pouring countless hours of crafting, thought, skill, and artistry into my designs for an upcoming craft show. I've looked forward to this all year! I love being able to show of MY work, MY creations. It gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment. I strive for creativity and I am constantly trying to "think outside the box."
Everything I do, I do for me. Not everyone else. Of course, I try and please everyone, but we all know that's humanly impossible. If I cannot be myself and make my own self prideful and happy... how can you expect me to do that for others?
What DID happen to being original? What happened to YOU being YOU? Since when was that never good enough?
When quitting Facebook I have found that I am able to be more creative. I have more guts to do things without fearing criticism and speculation. It is amazing what the power of perception and the fear of rejection can do to your mind. Not just personally, but even in your craftsmanship. I know that I'll have some losses- and I know I will have some wins. But man, it'll feel damn good knowing it was all me. No one planted that idea. It'll all be from inspiration, it'll be ME; my brain, my thoughts, my goals, and from my own wit.
The theorizations that have come to my attention over the past several weeks are NOT original. However, they are new to me. I have heard these ideas before but never before really understood them. Never gave it much weight. Now, I find myself irritated that I never really grasped these beliefs before. There are too many people in the world to have the same thoughts, the same ideas.
Make new ideas. Be "new," people.
Make mundane an afterthought.
Be one of a kind. Put your heart and soul into your "brand."
Make it you.
Make it unique.
Be a trendsetter... not the settler.
Be a force of freewill and recklessness.
Don't be afraid to take risks.
You can't win when you're not true to yourself. You'll always be next in line waiting to take the copycat kill.
No one ever wins being second best or taking someone elses best work.
Take this advice in all you do:
Your craft, your skill- own it. Quit waiting on someone else's vision to make your next move.