This past weekend I started to explore some of my creative interests. Thinking of my own advice recently to “start before you’re ready,” I took out a pad of paper and some paints, turned on some music and began. I can’t tell you the last time I had a paintbrush in my hand – perhaps middle school? Time disappeared as I became immersed in the colors and creating. Yet, I was frustrated when the end result wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned in my head. I have a sister who is an amazing artist, and I spend a lot of time looking at different art and design – so I have a certain expectation of what I want my work to look like. It doesn’t look like that. It looks, well, kinda middle school-esque.
I then remembered a video and website that I saw recently, created by Karen X. Cheng, a woman in San Francisco who wanted to learn how to dance – Dance in a Year. I was so impressed with her, her message and her dedication to being able to do something that she loves. As she points out on her site, “This isn’t a story about dancing, though. It’s about having a dream and not knowing how to get there — but starting anyway…When you watch someone perform, you’re seeing them at the top of their game. When they score the winning point or sell their company for millions — you’re seeing them in their moment of glory. What you don’t see is the thousands of hours of preparation. You don’t see the self doubt, the lost sleep, the lonely nights spent working. You don’t see the moment they started. The moment they were just like you, wondering how they could ever be good.”
It reminded me that things don’t happen overnight and that success comes with a lot of hard work. In order to see my vision on paper it’s gonna take me putting in a lot of time and practice. The important thing is that the vision is there and that I’m taking the step to not just think about it, but DO it!
Check out her site for some practical and useful advice as well as the time time lapse video below documenting a bit of her journey: