Day 10 Lessons

It’s 10:30pm and I’m just now sitting down to post for the day. If I’m being completely honest, I really just wanted to skip it. Today has been busy, I’ve been extremely tired, and the energy I need to write this piece just hasn’t been available. However, my brain couldn’t let me fail this day. I don’t want to say at the end of the challenge, well, I almost completed it; I nearly wrote for 31 days.

No!

I don’t expect this post to be informative or life-changing. But the point is I’m sitting here thinking of words to place in these blank spaces, and I’ve been doing so for 10 days in a row. The events of today caused me to realize a few things:

1. Find Your Creative Prime Time

This may change with every art form, but presently, I’m learning that getting through this challenge is best done earlier in the day. My life is currently not conducive to late-night inspiration – it used to be, but it no longer is. Productivity happens in the morning. So for the next few weeks, I need to take a few deep breaths and surrender to the process!

2. Be Prepared

I didn’t have a plan for when this day came.  I knew it would happen, I knew I would hit a wall. The problem is, I didn’t have a plan how to get past it. I could’ve had writing prompts ready, but instead, I chose to wing it. In any normal setting, there may not be a need to have fresh material for 31 days straight, but creatives do have deadlines, and if we’re stuck, we need solutions to get us to those deadlines. Lesson learned.

3. Forget Perfection

I didn’t want to write because I didn’t think I had anything great to offer today. But as I posted a few days ago, and watching Abstract reminded me, that it’s about sitting down and just doing the thing. Christoph Niemann said, “It’s not about waiting for hours for this moment where inspiration strikes. It’s just about showing up & getting started and then something amazing happens….or it doesn’t happen. All that matters is you enable the chance for something to happen. And for that, you have to sit at your desk and draw and do and make decisions and hope for the best.”

Do the damn thing. Hope for the best. Haha! Forget perfection.

And so, in fifteen minutes, I sat down and moved a curser across a digital page, enabling the chance that something would happen. And while maybe not brilliant, or beautiful, or breathtaking, I did something. I learned something. And hopefully tomorrow, I’ll make something a bit more substantial with my time and effort.

Thank you for reading Day 10, and for allowing me to be honest that this isn’t easy. But nothing that truly mattered ever was.

 

Read the Intro Post: A Journey of 31 Days

Next: Camaraderie

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