You don’t get good at something after a few tries. You have to show up, and do the work. A creative practice requires showing up. You do it for the process, and it’s the process that lets you reap the rewards.
I’ve been painting and lettering on and off for two years now. While I may not be a professional, I can see the growth in my progress over the years. That’s encouraging. I can’t get better if I don’t show up. Every time I show up, I challenge myself to try something new. I put down the frustration, and I work through my doubts about my ability. Honestly, I am amazed at my progress because there were some thing I didn’t think I’d be able to like brush lettering. When I first began, I was pretty terrible, but I kept practicing and am still practicing. You can see my progress on Instagram. I’m grateful for the tenacity I found because without it, I would have give up. I wouldn’t have created much of the brush lettered pieces I like now. I’ve gained new skills and new perspectives, and that has been life giving.
We learn as we grow and we grow as we learn. We cannot be afraid to explore the depths of our own hidden magnificence. There is much beauty to unearth in all of us. Do your creative practice for the process. You will see yourself grow. And maybe you’ll find talents you’ve had stored away ready to renew you and refine your own vision for life.
Tell me how you’ve grown in your creative practice. I’d love to hear your stories.
In the month of October, I’m participating in the #Write31Days challenge. I’m focusing creative practice in the ordinary, everyday mundane. Each day (or whenever I write) for the series I will post the link on my page for my #31DaysOfCreativePractice. Come along and read.