Why are you worrying so much? What is it that keeps you up at night, clawing at your hair, begging to be able to just fall asleep?
Who – what – tells you that your work is not good enough, that it can be – should be – better?
I want you to think about this for a bit. Go for a walk, clear your mind, think about these questions. Remember back to that last time you were told you weren’t good enough, that what you do is not up to par with the standards of others. Okay, go ahead, take a break for a second and go, even if you just walk to your refrigerator and back.
Good, you came back to me. Thank you for that.
I want you to realize that you are more than enough. You need to understand that there are plenty of people out there who will be trying to tear you down. These people are not worth your time. They are not worthy to breathe the same air as you. You are better than them, regardless of what they tell you; regardless of what you tell you.
So why are you worrying so much?
Why are you worrying about what the critics are saying? What does it matter if nobody else likes the work that you are producing? Does it truly matter that nobody is buying prints of your work? That everyone thinks that you price yourself far too high, as though you believe you are better than what you really are?
What’s it matter if what you are creating is “too weird.” “Too tasteless.” “Too bland.”
You shouldn’t be creating anything for them. Hell, you should not be doing a damn thing for anyone but yourself in the first place. Especially as an artist, the moment you begin to create for yourself is the moment that you begin to lose your true self.
So stop with the worrying, stop with the conforming. Society does not need more of the same people. We need new innovators with fresh minds who are ready to take on the world and turn society into something we all can be proud of.