I recently blocked out a good chunk of time to spend painting an idea I have had in my mind. I was excited to finally sit down and do this until try after try, it was just NOT turning out the way I envisioned! I wasn't really connecting with anything, it didn't look right, and I kept starting over, attempting to make it work (which it did not 😅).
My first reaction was I wasted so much precious time!
But then I realized a few things:
- This is part of the process. This is how we get from point A to point B.
- It's not always about producing. There's value in the time spent problem solving, trying different things, and messing up.
- No matter what the result is, I am grateful for the time I got to spend creating.
By the time I had to wrap things up, I still didn't have anything I liked BUT I felt like I had tried enough times that I was confident I could move on from that idea; it was OK to let it go.
As I was cleaning up, a new thought and direction came to me and it just felt like it clicked!
Maybe this idea will turn out and maybe it won't--but even if it doesn't, I'll remind myself of the things I mentioned above.
And thanks to this painting session, I got to witness this beautiful afternoon light streaming in.
It looks like my time wasn't wasted afterall.