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I am quite the perfectionist in most aspects of my life. I fail at being perfect regularly enough to know that is the natural state of things, but I still understand the feeling that it’s better not to do something than to do it poorly.
I know the pain of things not turning out in reality the way they look in your head, and I know that expectation can keep you from trying in the first place.
But the thing is, you have to be OK with getting creative anyway. You have to try, even if it means that sometimes (maybe even often, especially in the beginning) you’ll fall short of what you wanted to accomplish.
It’s a variation on “feel the fear and do it anyway.” In this case you need to feel that uncomfortableness and move past it. Experiment, try, have no expectations as much as possible.
I know that’s hard. Especially when you have work that goes out in the world and is actually judged or critiqued by other people. But we have to create anyway.
Something for You
This is why it’s so important to have some kind of creative outlet or expression that is just for you, that you don’t necessarily share with anyone. I write morning pages (back in the saddle again, 17 days straight!) in part for that reason. I don’t share all my art journaling. Sometimes I write poems that no one ever sees.
So much of my creativity is on display, but I have to have places where it’s OK to not be perfect.
(And really, a lot of this blog is imperfect, too. It’s real-life crafting here.)
So especially if you’re new to creativity, but even if you’re not, I wish for you a creative space that is free of judgement and sharing.
Make something that’s just for you.
When it’s done, you can decide if you want to share it, but in the making, let it be just for you.
Does perfectionism stop you from creating? I’d love to hear about it!