Did you make a New Year resolution? I didn’t. We are evolving continuously and the artificial gateway of the dawn of a new year doesn’t alter its progress one iota.
Sure, it is wonderful to party, to get together with fiends and family and celebrate. It is also vital to reflect on the previous year, to take stock, make plans and set goals for the year ahead.
But New Years Resolutions are usually empty promises, created by the feeling that you should make some changes to your life. They are hollow, lacking substance, and are as likely to be thrown away after the heady rush of celebrations as the Christmas cards and wrapping paper.
What then do we do, we, the creators? We who are seeking to reach higher, to push ourselves to achieve. We carry on in flow, from last year to this one.
Be awesome and be humble!
If you are a writer, a painter or other creative, pursue your art with passion and vigour. Be sure to know yourself, the ‘why’ of your purpose. Strive to be your best and work towards becoming better. Push your work out into the world, if you have given it your all it deserves to be seen. Don’t hide your light under a bushel.
You are unique, you grow by creating, aim for huge! Turn your nose up at fear, face it with the strength and power of your truth. There is nothing to fear except prevaricating over what you know you must do. There is no failure, you can only succeed or quit.
Reflect on last year, honestly. Did you achieve what you set out to? If you didn’t analyse why; gain more knowledge if you need to, learn to manage time if you lacked the hours, practice your art more. Increase your resolve, raise the bar.
Do what you did last year, do it more and do it better, be awesome!
We are a polarity, especially as creators. We are curious breed of being, filled with an urge and passion yet, at the same time, we can feel small and frightened by the challenge. To create work which ours, our mark on the world, takes a degree of ego. It is an act of saying ‘look at me, look at my work’, yet it should not be egotistical.
Your work is part of a greater whole, you are not alone. Be grateful for your gift and the help you have received, all the information others have shared freely on the internet to aid your craft, whatever support you have received from spouse/partner/editor/publisher/readers/reviewers.
Be humble, your work is great, but keep it in perspective. If you didn’t exist the world would go on and there would still be art. Your work adds to the rich tapestry and is a worthy endeavour; follow your calling but see it for what it is with humility and grace.
Love what you do and make it happen from your heart, then share it, that is all that is important.
Be awesome and humble!