Words! At least these particular words: "If something's worth doing, it's worth doing right."
While Halloween spookiness can be fun, trying to live up to that crap is NOT!
Those words were repeated a lot in my growing up years, and there were decades when I believed it - which, at times, made my creative life miserable.
They can still conjure up scary Halloween-like feelings (clenched jaw, stomach muscles tight, breath held…), like walking into a trail of cobwebs (the enormous sticky kind) as you step down into a dark, dank basement, while hearing an eerie: "awooooooooohooooohohhhhohhhohhh" sound. Creepy!
But now I know, down to my bones, that if something's worth doing it's worth doing - no qualifiers! Do it badly, make a shitty first draft, screw around with paint, fuck up your first attempt at anything (or your 2nd or 3rd or 400th) - have fun, enjoy the experience, learn something, try again - or try something else. And it's ALL worth doing because YOU did it (not because of how it turned out!).
I also know, down to my bones, that thinking you need to do all things right (i.e. perfectly, up to some elusive measure of ok-ness) is one of the foundation layers of perfectionism (ew, ick, phooey).
How do you learn or have fun or explore/experiment if you've got to do it right?
Let's just do it - whatever it is for each of us - for the pure joy of doing it!
In a long-ago post, called Living Imperfectly (see mermaid photo above), I wrote about my struggle getting past doing things right (working on a mermaid costume for a four-year old). Time flies - Little Princess turned 11 last month!
*Thanks to PicFrame and rhonna designs apps (and my belief in playing - without regard to outcome) for the graphic. Blurry mermaid photo = mine. I rock imperfection!