“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell
(A stroll along Brighton Marina)
Embrace the creative process, letting go of perfectionism. Its hard for me to admit, but its been one of the most profound lessons Ive learned this year: perfectionism may enhance my professional life, but it most definitely hinders my everyday life. Its difficult to let go of idealist ways that are ingrained in your very being. But I’ve come to realise that I no longer have a choice; I can either lower my standards or spend the rest of my days annoyed and disappointed at myself, my lack of free time, and my inability to create the scene that I envisage in my head.
So I’ve done that: I’ve stopped trying to get to the bottom of the wishing pile, I’ve accepted that my images aren’t perfect and that neither is my body, but that that is just evidence of a person in progress, a person with vision, plans, insight, a sense of profound adventure.
(Sheltering from the cold in the Sea Salt with Flat White’s)
My creative self? I can strive for perfectionism and I do; with words and photos I seek to capture and document beauty (truth and beauty). I wholeheartedly believe that creativity is essential to my sanity because creative projects have definite beginnings and endings and they so simply (yet so delicately) express the unspoken. A finished project can’t be undone; it’s proof of time, individual artistic expression. But creative endeavours are only realised by making them a priority and so I’ve begun to do just that. Im also approaching a little more clarity since its becoming evident, since becoming more settled here, what I was put down here to do. It’s that funny old thing, purpose. And because of that, I’ve begun to make plans.
(Sunset along the promonade)
I’ve just finished Michael Heppell’s book “Brilliant Life”, an all round satisfying (neatly structured) meal of practical and inspiring tips on how to live a balanced life.
(Seaford – Names, engrained)
Books like these, have been therapy for me and I’ve found myself taking more and more time away from real life to engage in such material. I’ll share with you some of the things from Micheal’s book on the chapter “Making Plans” (Minimising Perfectionism) that I’m locking away.
→ Do create a visual image to go with your plan.
→ Don’t stop learning.
→ Do model other people who have already achieved.
→ Dont quit.
→ Do have clarity – know what you really want.
→ Don’t live in the past – learn from it but don’t dwell on it.
→ Do build passion – the more passionate you are about your vision the more energy you will have to put into it.
→ Don’t listen to those who say you can’t, but do be willing to listen to their advice.
→ Do break you long-term vision down into short/medium term goals.
→ Don’t leave it to chance.
→ Do believe in yourself.