You know how people sometimes say things that are along the lines of “Trust the process” or “Things sometimes fall apart before they come together”, and 90% of the time, it sounds like a whole bunch of BS? I still feel as though it isn’t applicable to a lot of things in life, but sometimes, I really want to believe it!
If you’re an artist, you can already relate to this, but for those of you who aren’t, let me break this down for you. Before we make any kind of art, we go ahead and do the line-art first to give us an idea of how we’d like to go about it, and the line-art seems pretty good exactly the way it is! But, the second you start laying down the flat, solid colours, you start to notice how everything is now beginning to look like blobs and random shapes. It might look like you messed up big time, at this point, but as you keep going, adding more details and bringing your vision to life, you notice how much better your work has turned out than you expected it to.
To me, that’s one reason that makes me believe in the whole process of it all. I see my work turning into a chaotic mess before it all comes together wonderfully and I just think that it should teach me more about being patient, but the truth is that we all are conditioned by the world to expect perfect results right from the get-go. We see tons of process videos on the internet, these days, and we don’t understand the fact that not a lot of people post the ugly parts of the process. What we see is just the perfection of it.
So, before you go ahead and start being harsh on yourself for not doing things ‘perfectly’, understand that your work isn’t supposed to look perfect right from the beginning all the time. Practice makes perfect, apparently, and people could still end up making mistakes. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Do not jump to conclusions about your work not turning out the way you want to, unless you’ve completed working on it. How do you ever expect things to turn out well if you keep scrapping up your WIPs before you’re even done? I mean, sure, you might not want to waste more time on something that has gone way off-course, but have you tried giving it a chance? Because it might work out a lot better than you thought.
And, should things go bad in spite of all the hard work you put into it, give yourself the break to recover from your disappointment. Be kinder to yourself. Things can go wrong sometimes, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying once again. Everything around is a result of multiple trials and errors, after all. Sometimes, you just need to trust yourself more than you trust the process. As long as you have the vision and you’re stubborn enough to make it happen for yourself, you shouldn’t let little setbacks make you feel dejected.
After all, how would you ever know if you don’t give your work a chance to fall into place? Think about this a little today, would you?
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