This is the best thing I have read in ages. It is so true. This is the inspiration anyone could need to just keep going and do what you love. Create, create, create… and then SHARE. If you create something and no one sees it - then why? Imagine if Van Gogh’s Starry Starry Night stayed hidden forever? That painting literally changed my life. I would not be where I am with out it. Thank you Ira Glass.
“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 awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
I’ve lived in Brooklyn for nearly three years. Recently, I realized that there are so many places I still haven’t been — sounds like a challenge, eh? I have made my list of places and spaces. Now, the fun part.
So…. I spent the morning at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Between the wide open space and the sweet fresh air - it was love at first sight.
The staff at BBG had stashed pumpkins and other gourds through out the gardens. A personal scavenger hunt! The best part was watching the kids dig for worms in the discovery zone - in costumes no less! I think I only walked about 5% of the total grounds…. needless to say, I will be back soon.