Pride comes from creating something, not from being able to

Sometimes creating something new takes nothing more than to get up and give it a try.

Recently I was sitting at home on a Saturday afternoon doing, well, not much. I had decided a couple of months earlier that I would dedicate more time to photography, and it had been going well, but this weekend I just had no desire to get up and do anything.

Don’t get me wrong, that isn’t because I had nothing to photograph but somehow my intentions didn’t stretch any further than my imagination.

“You don’t make art out of good intentions.”

~ Gustave Flaubert

I had been planning for weeks to sit down and photograph my first flatlay. It’s a style of photography that borders on design and therefore really interested me.

Finally, I guilted myself into getting up, finding some elements and setting them up on my coffee table for a photo. Before I could blink, 2 hours had passed by. I was really pleased with my efforts.

In the end, I loaded the photos into Lightroom I realised they really weren’t that great, I had made some basic lighting mistakes and they really weren’t useful for very much.

But despite all this, I couldn’t be happier that I simply got up and put in some effort. Pride comes from creating something, not from being able to.

Even tonight, I could have lazed around but instead, I picked up my laptop and wrote this article. And I’m really proud of it.

Creativity takes courage

All types of creativity are about doing something new, and that’s hard. I believe that’s why we sometimes don’t get up and put the effort in. If we don’t try, we won’t be wrong. If we don’t allow our creativity to take a real form, we will never be disappointed, but we will also never surpass our imaginations.

I’ve said it many times, I’m always the happiest when I’m making something, it really doesn’t matter what. But for some reason I can’t put my finger on, I often don’t feel like being creative.

Sometimes we just have to not think too much and just jump in and have some fun.


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