A writer once encouraged me to share what I wrote because it would make me a better writer. In theory I knew that he was right but in practise my anxieties took over. I would suddenly become capable of coming up with 101 reasons why I’m not confident enough to share things I’ve written. Things like ‘I’m not good at it’ and ‘I’m worried about what people will think’ are always some of the main factors.
I’m pretty sure I’d never heard of Zappa until I found the first quote on Pinterest a few days ago. I’m a big fan of quotes and they can be pretty inspiring or thought provoking so I thought I’d share some that I found.
Over the past couple of years I’ve learned the importance of not doing what other people want because it only makes me miserable. So now I’m doing my thing, well figuring out what exactly my ‘thing’ is. It isn’t easy but I’m sort of happier now.
I can proudly say ‘yes, I freak out!’. When I was younger I felt like I ought to remain relativity ‘prim and proper’ at all times. Instead of freaking out externally, I’d do it internally which turns out wasn’t particularly good for my mental health. If only I’d have read Zappas words back then, I’d have been a very different person.
Earlier this year i read a book called It’s not how good you are it’s how good you want to be’ by Paul Arden. It was excellent and also really easy to read. It was inspiring and full of the most amazing arrangements of words. So amazing in fact, that I just had to share them with you. Also I would definitely recommend Ardens’ book as it is both encouraging and empowering.
Creative people need something to rebel against, it’s what gives their lives excitement.
If you can’t solve a problem it’s because you’re playing by the rules.
If you think you can’t, make it your aim.
Start being wrong and suddenly anything is possible.
Aim beyond what you are capable of. Try things you are incapable of.
You are the magic, the art is to inspire.
The way too get unblocked is to lose your inhibitions and stop worrying about being right.
Originality can’t be fashionable.
Just 2 months left of the year
Relax you have nothing to fear
For 60 days is plenty of time
Just don’t be idle and you’ll be fine
So since I last blogged quite a bit has happened. I guess right now I just want to feel inspired and ready to take on the world as I’m going back to studying tomorrow after taking a year off. Sometimes when life gets into a bit of a rut you just need something to stimulate you to truly live (not just exist).
Images via Pinterest
Image via Pinterest
When things don’t go to plan
Do I sink or do I swim?
Last time I sank beneath the surface, so sure I would drown.
I think this time I’ll swim.
So I just finished reading a blog post on Scarphelia and I got thinking about how often I’m determined to be a terrible writer. It’s not that I don’t want to improve but sometimes I just refuse to write.
If you’re not good at something you will often get better with practice. When I read things by certain other writers/bloggers (some of which may be reading this right now) I often think ‘Damn, they are so lucky they can write so well, why isn’t it like that for me?’. Instead of putting my energy into improving my writing abilities I’d just wallow and procrastinate thinking ‘I’ll never be good at anything, my whole life is a disaster, wah!’ However when I make the effort to be a better writer I think to myself ‘I’m actually getting better at this, maybe one day I’ll write something that will change someones world’.
So the moral of the story is if you want to be good at something, no matter what it is work hard at it and don’t waste time making comparisons.
There is no need for comparison. Be happy with yourself and find satisfaction in your work.
Lailah Gifty Akita