I sat down to write at 2PM today, after a series of spectacularly failed attempts at bringing the sketch I had in mind to life. I think that my upcoming artwork, when completed, will be beautiful because it looks like it would be, at least in my head. But here’s what I am unable to do. I am unable to settle on the first layer of the sketch because nothing feels right. I keep telling myself that maybe this is just the lack of inspiration talking, but it is probably a lot more than that.
What’s more is that it’s around 6PM as I type this and until a few minutes ago, I hadn’t written a single word here because I didn’t know what to talk to you guys about. I keep finding myself at a loss for words these days because I have been doing this for so long, but aren’t words supposed to be inexhaustible or something? I’m not supposed to run out of things to say. But that is when I realized that the reason this site started growing because it has always been more of a slice-of-life of sorts. I guess people really like a little window into others’ thoughts, every now and then.
In case you’re wondering whether you’ve lost the inspiration to keep doing what you love, consider me writing this a sign that you haven’t lost it. You’ve just forgotten why you started doing it in the first place. But that’s okay because the more you go back and look at your previous work, you’ll see how far you’ve come and how much your work is rooted in those humble beginnings. It’s okay if you cringe a little bit when you look at your previous work. We all do. But it’s also a good reminder that your work back then came from a place of genuine passion and that is so beautiful.
If you’re ever feeling lost about your art, at any given point, go back to where it all started and you’ll see why you started doing it in the first place. That alone is a source of inspiration that will never run out. However, if you’re feeling worn out because you’ve been at it for a long time, make sure you take a beat to collect yourself and gather your thoughts. Constantly pushing yourself can be healthy, but if it gets to the point where you start to dread the day the second you wake up, you need to take it easy on yourself.
I hope you find what you’re looking for, today. I hope you find a reason to continue to do what you love, as if that isn’t reason enough. And in case you’re feeling worn out, I hope you choose to be kind and understanding with yourself instead of giving yourself a hard time about it.
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