“We won’t be distracted by comparison if we are captivated with purpose.”
Now this is a quote.
It’s easy to spend your time scrolling, discovering and soaking in art from all over the world. Art is continuously being redefined, medium after medium, and then instantly shared with the entire world. With that being said, you can choose to compare your work to others' or learn to appreciate that each of us have something unique to share.
Sometimes, this is much easier said than done, I know.
"Wow, I could never make that." "How did they do that?!" An hour later, slouched across your bed throwing guilt at unfinished projects or getting glaring looks from the unread books on your shelves. Said emotions can be a bit overwhelming, as you ‘continue watching’ Netflix.
But what if you what you do makes you happy?
Why stop or be discouraged at the hard work and/or accomplishments of others?
Is there a reason you’re not motivated to do what you once enjoyed?
We all have our own shit to deal with and use art as an outlet of expression. You don't need to have 10k followers on Instagram or take photos for National Geographic in order to create and share your art. We practice and create art in different forms because it feeds our soul or gets us inspired to get out of bed each morning.
Painting, drawing, speaking, tattoo, photography, makeup, videography, claymation, body building, baking, gaming, music production, dog walking, under-water basket weaving, etc. you name it.
We should be doing these things for ourselves and for the joy it brings to our daily lives. If you truly believe your hobby or art brings you joy, don't let anything get in the way of that, especially when artists around the world seem to have it all.. Trust me, they are just like you and at some point they were more than likely in the same shoes you’re in now.
It can be simple.. It can be about learning to love the process and the journey, starting from scratch and practicing over and over again. Putting in the work, learning about the history, following your gut, staying up late, getting up early, whatever it may be that will allow you to grow and find your own style or voice in your art. Everyone goes through these stages and learns to appreciate every piece, race, event, session, song, eager for the next.
That's sort of the beauty of art: we all bring unique perspectives and through our journey create our own style and find our voice.
So the next time you get hung up, discouraged or find yourself comparing your work/art to others, take a moment to reflect on where you've been, how'd you get to this point? Did you get a brand new journal and only have written one page? Have a closet full of plain white canvases? Stop going to the gym or getting on your yoga mat? Seriously, begin to appreciate where you've been and where you will go. Appreciate the unique art you create, for it is all yours.
xoxo // rebelmade