Imperfection can be Good
Having explored my creative side over the last few years. I have realized that no matter how much I learn, there is so much more that I have yet to learn. Indeed, much of what I have to learn is about myself. What a journey! I think that one of the most freeing and yet difficult parts of this journey has been coming to the realization that I have a lot to offer and that there is nothing wrong with being different. Sometimes, being different is what sets you apart from the crowd. Most importantly, however, letting myself be imperfect has allowed me to grow toward the level of excellence the expectation of which initially so stunted my growth. When I first began silversmithing, I found myself trying to emulate everyone whose work I admired; as well as trying to stay within the lines. Then, I realized that trying to meet the expectation of perfection that I held for myself was both debilating and would prevent me from truly enjoying my new pursuits. It was only after I gave myself permission to be imperfect that I truly began to stretch my creative limits. Now, as I color outside the lines, challenge myself with supposedly impossible or delusional goals, and try simply because I can (thank you, Marlenia), I am finding my creative potential becoming more and more fulfilled. My advice to anyone who finds themselves stuck or stunted in their work? Don't be afraid to break some rules, push the boundaries, or simply experiment. Just because it has always been done one way, that doesn't mean it has to be that way. New inventions are most often the result of a curious mind playing with the possibilities. Give yourself permission to play. Enjoy your craft, whatever it may be. At the same time, however, do make sure you stay safe and don't throw out the tied and true just for the sake of breaking the rules. Until next time, stay safe, keep playing, and have fun!