“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” -Neil Gaiman
But, sometimes we don’t make things because it feels like everything gets broken or tarnished or does not measure up in the first place. And that makes us feel inadequate, amateurish, or stupid.
Make something anyway.
Nothing will be wasted. The mistakes we make will be compost for better things.
Gaiman’s reference point is writing, yet his advice applies everywhere. Make a path, make pictures, make homes, make something easier, make gardens, make beauty, make dinner, make plans, make fun, make a living, make friends. Make something that wasn’t there before.
Yesterday, working was like banging my head on a brick wall. So, I left my work and matted a picture. The world seemed brighter because I did what I was born to do. I made something that wasn’t there before.