Follow your own path
To follow your own path is not always the easy option. Whenever I wanted to follow my own style of creating whether it was at school or college, I feel I was too easily persuaded to follow the path most trodden.
I wasn’t told not to do my own thing, but I was made to feel there was a better way to do it. A more correct way.
This didn’t help my lack of confidence. It left me feeling that my ideas were not as relevant as other peoples and that maybe I wasn’t really very creative at all.
This is something that has stayed with me to this day.
Embrace your creativity
When I look around me nowadays, I see people who are producing work that not only appeals to me but is of a similar style that deep down I identify with.
Many of these creatives are self-taught, meaning they appear to have a freedom to embrace their creativity that I have always craved.
They are not stifled by the rules and regulations of curriculums and exams, which is perhaps what really hindered me.
Enjoy the process
However naturally creative I may be, I find it terribly difficult to think outside the box; to push through the conventional barriers to art and design and just enjoy the process.
The mind monkeys work overtime, criticising me and judging my efforts.
Big girl pants
So, putting on my big girl pants, I’m going to try to reclaim that lost identity and not worry about what anyone else may think. I will brave the criticism knowing that my work is every bit as valid as the next persons.
I acknowledge that I’m very lucky in a lot of ways. Not least the fact that I’m able to do what I love everyday.
I’m able to work from home and set my own hours. I am available if my family needs me and I can adjust my business accordingly.
Moving forward I’m going to apply that freedom to my designs.
How confident are you?
Maybe you’ve battled those pesky mind monkeys and questioned your own talents and abilities. I’d love to hear how you manage to tune them out and push forward with confidence.
Feel free to leave a comment below or you can send me a message here.
Until next time…