Whether you think it’s too naïve of a thought, too amateurish of a self-produced video, too rough around the edges for a piece of writing, or too rushed as a painting, nothing beats having gone through the process of saying you had to try it anyways. Nothing’s final, nothing’s permanent.
When we put the attention on our progress instead of seeking for validation, we can shift our entire attitude towards sharing our work.
Seasonal fruits are hard to count on, because they’re not always there for you when you want them (I’m talking red currants, concord grapes, apricots, figs). While their limited time offer is part of the appeal, we can’t rely on them to be a core part of our diets.
In a similar way, if we’re looking to commit to creative work, then showing up only in short, seasonal bursts only when we feel like it is a shortsighted way to creative professionalism.
The alternative we can count on is to be a staple. We can always find broccoli, spinach, apples, oranges, and bananas all year round; They’ll always be here when we need them.
Being non-seasonal makes it a promise. It’s not as splashy and colourful as a summer’s berry, but part of the hard work is to be present even when it’s not peak season.
School didn’t teach us about owning what we do. Rather, it put us through a process of following a specific set of guidelines so that we can keep on moving to the next step up. It didn’t teach us how to take pride in our projects, or how to use our interests towards our craft, and that’s okay.
Maybe our romanticized idea of a designer meant wearing fancy clothes, having a well curated living space, being able to talk about kerning, knowing all the Adobe shortcuts, or eating fancy meals all the time.
Maybe all the schooling didn’t equate to the outcome.
We don’t have to force ourselves to fit the label, as long as we can find one that fits us instead.