Sometimes things do not go as planned.
Okay, often things do not go as planned. And I think that is a good thing. But lets rewind.
I made an Easter card. There were two cards, though–the one in my head and the one in this video; and trust me, the one in my head looked better. I could see it coming as I worked on it–one thing not turning out and then another. I think the big devastation hit when I smudged the last letter at the very end of the whole project. There is a lesson there about patience, but I am sticking with imperfection. I almost didn’t post the video–I do wish it had turned out differently. But then I started thinking about all the amazing artwork on the Internet and around us and how easy it is to feel intimidated in a way that makes us give up before we are even out of the gate.
So here is my flawed Easter card.
I think one of the greatest benefits of working on projects and building skills is the patience that comes from watching your hands and head stumble to convey what your imagination has laid out so perfectly before you. You learn to accept what did not work–not because you don’t with to try but precisely because there is joy in working toward improvement. If everything we made and did was “right” the first time we would lack a sense of forward momentum, a purpose, an indication of betterment.
There are two ways to look at “failure”: giving up or getting on with it. I like getting on with it. You look at what did not go right, learn from it, and say “Great. Now that that’s behind me I am on to the next thing.” Too often I see people throw in the towel.
“I’m just not smart.”
“I’m not creative.”
“I’m not athletic.”
As if being those things was strictly a matter of being born with a gift. Skills and talents are earned. You may have an innate gift that puts you a step ahead, but you need to nurture it. So that sketch that looked underwhelming, that flawed concerto–those were moments you had to go through so you could get on to mastering your subject.
And that’s why I don’t mind it when it doesn’t turn out.
My card will be appreciated. I had a good time making it.
Perfection is overrated.
I hope you like it, though–it’s flawed but cute!