“Good things come to those who wait. But the best things come to those who do.”
It’s easy to sit and daydream about all the things we want to achieve in life, and sometimes, if we’re lucky (or fortunate or blessed, however you wish to call it), we eventually do get what we dream of with the passing of time.
Yet, I’ve realized that most times, we have to wake up from our daydreams and just get to work – whatever work may be for you.
A new book that I’m reading, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (thanks to Bjork’s recommendation), talks about overcoming resistance, which is basically the force that goes in the exact opposite direction of our dreams and calling.
According to Pressfield, the greater the resistance you encounter, the greater your calling tends to be. So let that be of some comfort to us artists and creative workers.
Do you aim to be a painter?
Then stand in front of your blank canvas with a color palette in one hand and a paintbrush in the other, and just start to paint. It doesn’t matter if your first few paintings aren’t Picasso masterpieces (did you think Picasso became famous with his first piece?), what matters is that you’re taking the plunge and deciding that you want to head in the direction of your heart.
Visit museums and study the paintings your admire; try to imitate their work, and better yet, try developing your own style.