The quiet glory of just making stuff

It’s easy to get caught up in the mental cycle of doom spurred on by the lizard brain…

How will it look when it’s done?
How many people can I share it with?
What will they think about it?
What does it say about me?
How do I monetize it?
What if people don’t like it — will they ask for their money back?
What if they get really mad and show up on my stoop with pitchforks and torches?

We start thinking about the spotlight and the fame and the fortune…

…and we haven’t even started making the damn thing yet.

We need. To chill. Out.

There’s nothing like retiring into the warm, protected cocoon of the workspace where you can bask in the glory of merely… creating.

Just show up to the work with an eager anticipation of seeing the miraculous unfold in front of you.

Behold the mystery that is the creative process.

This is the part of the creative life we love. This is why we do what we do.

No attachment to outcome. No aversion to the hungry, manic masses.

No forecasting. No choose-your-own-adventure-playing.

Just you. And your craft. Dancing alone.

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