You would not believe how loud my “this is a waste of time” gremlins were when I started playing on this doodle today! Yes, I have those gremlins, too—just as bad as anyone else. We teach what we need to learn, after all! 😊
My gremlins snarl, and moan, and rave at me that this abstract doodle CRAP that I do is dreck. A complete and utter waste. They tell me I should be drawing REAL THINGS. PEOPLE. ANYTHING but what I’m doing. That I’m frittering away whatever pathetic scrap of talent I might actually have. That EVERYTHING I do is stupid, and why the **** do I even bother anyway?! 🖍
Some days it’s very hard not to believe them. But when I’m able to thank my gremlins for their concern, send them off to get pedicures, and go right on ahead with the business of playing in the creative sandbox, you know what? I start to care less about what they say. Because the fun and the joy and the FEELING ALIVE start to take over. And when I feel alive, whether what I’m doing is a “waste of time” according to someone else ceases to matter anymore. 🖍
Are there other skills I’d love to hone? Yes, indeed! AND I still need creative sandbox playtime, and I always will. It will never be a waste of time, no matter what the gremlins might tell me.
Go make a mess. Go play. It’s good for your soul, and that’s never a waste of time. .
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