Don’t Die with the Music Still In You

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Since last December I have been painting as often as possible (in-between raising kids, work, teaching yoga, and more).  The above artwork hangs in my daughter’s room.  My challenge is to become the artist I have always dreamed of becoming and to quote the late great Dr. Wayne Dyer “don’t die with the music still in you”.   I have always wanted to be an artist ever since a little child.  Creativity has taken ahold of me and I must follow where my heart leads me.  I see progress in my art, but I still feel in the years to come my art and I will blossom fully. I love what Ira Glass has to say about the creative process…

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take a while. It’s normal to take a while. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

Ira Glass

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