Perfectionism. The creative spirit in all of us has, at one time or another, fallen victim to the pursuit of perfection. While I use the word "victim" dramatically, it's also honest, because striving for perfection is one of the most damaging habits creators can build in themselves.
"Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough - that we should try again." - Julia Cameron
When I create a piece of jewelry, I am not just making jewelry, something functional or impersonal, but am expressing the day I've had, or the month or the year, which all translates into the wire I weave. When you see an extra turn of the wire in a weave, a visible join or a kink, for instance, that is the part in my story when I was thinking about how my son was hit by a drunk driver while riding his bike home from work (he's thankfully very much okay), or realizing that my dinner has burned (again), or enjoying the constant distraction of my cats.
So no. I will not fall into the trap that perfectionism sets. I will not lose the parts of my story that make me real and keep me honest. I have a feeling there's an audience out there who appreciates the imperfections of others.
Stay creative. Be a superhero in how you express yourself. Be fearless and unapologetic and embrace your story from start to finish.
Creativity is about the expression of a vision, and those visions are a direct reflection of our lives. Sometimes, life is messy. Life is imperfect.
6/5/2018 12:23:20 pm
I love this article on creativity! I really never thought about it not being perfect. As I am my own worst enemy, I always tried to get things "perfect". But I so totally agree what you wrote. Now I think of creativity in a different way and it helps so much more. Thank you so much!!
6/5/2018 04:11:39 pm
Very true words! Spot on =:-))
6/14/2018 03:41:05 pm
For someone who constantly strives to do my best, it's comforting to know that perfection is not required...only the best you can do. Even nature in all her glorious beauty is not perfect and that is good enough for me. Perfection is an illusion.
7/10/2018 03:09:47 am
Beautifully put. You can ruin a piece worrying it to perfection. You take the spirit out of it trying to be just right. Let it show you what it wants to be.
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