How many of us have given up on something that we genuinely enjoy doing because we weren’t any good at it? I’m guessing it’s more than just a fair few. I don’t understand where the notion comes from that you should only engage in something that you’re actually good at. That’s the most ridiculous thing that I have ever heard in my entire life, if I’m being honest.
After all, who are we to tell people what they should or shouldn’t be doing? Maybe we should focus on ourselves than trying to stop people from doing something that they like just because they aren’t good at it. You never really know; they might develop a new talent in the future. Imagine how cruel it is to nip things in the bud, especially when it holds the potential to develop into something much more!
But here’s the most important part of it all: it doesn’t have to develop into something more. You’re allowed to enjoy things without being good at it. It follows the same logic of being able to enjoy eating even if you don’t really know how to cook. You don’t know how to sing but you enjoy listening to music? Love that for you. You try to sing even if you’re way off-key? Yes, you go sing your heart out, and don’t let anybody tell you that you’re not allowed to enjoy it!
The point is to let people enjoy the little things in life without gatekeeping every single thing. It’s perfectly fine to hold onto things that make you happy even if you’re not very good at them. That’s the whole point of art. It is meant for people to enjoy and interpret in their own ways. That is why trying to gate-keep something as wonderful as art doesn’t sit right with me.
It doesn’t matter as long as you do something from the bottom of your heart, remember that. If it makes you happy and keeps you going, it’s all the more reason for you to hold on to it. We’re always beating ourselves up for never being able to achieve perfection, but tell me honestly, what art is ever perfect? It is, in fact, the imperfection of it all that makes what you love even more beautiful. This isn’t and it should never be one of those things that is available to only those who are good at it.
As long as you’re doing something simply for the love of it all, it’s going to mean a lot more and be a lot more valuable than anything that is ever done simply for the sake of doing it. It’s like all those stupid drawings we made with crayons, as children; our parents probably still have them all stashed somewhere because they don’t care about how bad the drawings are. All they care about it how much heart went into making that particular drawing and that is what matters the most anyway.
So, in case you’re contemplating on giving something up just because you feel like you’ll never be good at it, remember that the reason you do it is that it makes you happy and it is really just as simple as that. It doesn’t have to hold a deeper meaning all the time.
Hold on to what matters to you.
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