I tried to sketch something I had been thinking about for a while, after a really long time, without any kind of references or guidelines to help the process along, and it sucked! The sketch looks so terrible right now, I don’t even feel like working on it anymore. Then again, I always think about how much of a mess a work in progress actually is and how there is always the potential for it to turn into something beautiful when we’re finally done, and it gives me whatever little motivation I need to keep trying instead of losing heart and giving up altogether.
But you know, there are times when you do need to start working on something all over again because you already know how to make it better the second or maybe even the nth time around. You know the potential your work has and it’s okay if you want to give it another go just because you want to make something better out of what you already know or have. Chances are, you might end up doing so much better the next time around because there was a lesson learned.
Let’s just say that things didn’t really go your way the second time around, either, what then?
You try again. It’s that simple.
It’s not always easy, though, is it? Most of us tend to drop something altogether if we aren’t immediately good at it, and I can’t help but think about how many skills I must have missed out on because I didn’t really let myself try doing something a second time. I guess we all have done that at some point in time but it really makes us think about how starting over isn’t actually as bad as we think it could be.
Maybe there’s something to learn, maybe there isn’t, maybe you just need to tackle your objective with a different approach. Whatever it is, I’m sure we’ll all find a way to actually solve our problems without wanting to give up every two seconds. Maybe there is a lot more we can work with and a lot more ideas that we can implement. We wouldn’t know if we didn’t actually try it, though. Sure, we have several reasons not to, but none ever seem good enough when we badly want to see our ideas come to life, do they?
Me? I’m going to go, take a deep breath and start my sketch all over again and see how it goes this time around. Maybe it will finally turn into the picture I have in my head. Who knows?