In Monday’s newsletter, I shared about my recent experience with feeling the need to stretch and expand forward into a new season of life and business. As creatives, I think it’s natural to have an ever-shifting vision. It’s familiar to find ourselves in these “chapters between” — where things feel both exciting in their mystery and scary in their uncertainty.
I got an email response back from a reader who said: “I have been wondering what to name the stage I'm in and how you shared yours has helped me see I'm not alone and that this is all part of the process of refining, growing, and pruning. Sometimes evolving is scary, but worth it.” Ain’t that the truth. Evolving IS scary, but I think it’s also an inescapable part of the creative condition. We’re always going to be changing our vision, changing our process, maybe even shifting our values. Heck, that’s not just the creative condition; that’s the HUMAN condition. And so if it’s inevitable, why don’t we learn to ENJOY it. To ride the unsteady waves and find exhilaration in the surprise of what new chapter is waiting for us just around the corner.
Today’s piece represents a departure and an evolution in my own artistic style throughout this year-long art project, and I’m learning so much from the tiny iterations that emerge day after day. Let’s do our best to look at our own changes in a similar light — it’s okay if your vision moves or your goals change, it’s all a part of the ever-evolving journey.