Something occurred to me a couple of weeks ago. I finally, after my 36th birthday, figured out what I am. I’m a “creator”. (Not to be confused with THE creator, mind you. That would be extraordinarily arrogant and possibly crazy of me to say.)
You see, there are many different types of people in this world. Depending on the context, of course, you can lump them all in to a couple of categories—smokers and non-smokers, type-A and non-type-A… you get my point. What you need to discover is what type of person you are.
For those of you who have followed my blogging (or lack thereof) for the last year and a half, you likely think that I am one of the most inconsistent bloggers out there. I did too. As it turns out, that is not the case. I simply had not found what I truly enjoyed doing and why.
Who says you can’t try everything?
When I first started learning the blogging/social media game, I thought I had a great topic—motivation by and through discussing imperfection. I ran short on ideas.
I figured I would do better by doing the dad blogging thing. It was much better, but by-and-large, people (and businesses) aren’t quite ready to accept that dads can (and should) help make household decisions. Oh, and we aren’t allowed to have feelings without being made out to be feminist pansy bitches—harsh, but true. Machismo is an evil beast, my dear reader.
I decided after a while that I would just back off from everything and concentrate on my writing. I did—some, anyway—but I also started teaching myself how to use graphics programs like Photoshop and Illustrator. Luckily, it started making sense about 10 seconds before my head exploded.
I also discovered that I could use a digital drawing pad with a rudimentary level of skill. Lo-and-behold, I can now doodle on my computer and make it look how I want! EUREKA! My love for drawing, cartoons and animation comes rushing back to the surface!
Do what you think you can, do what you can, then do what you love
You can see by my rather scattered online existence that I had to try lots of things in order to figure out what I wanted to do at all. Had I quit after the first bout of (subjective) failure, though, you wouldn’t be reading this right now. Even after the second or third “to hell with this” moment, I didn’t let myself quit entirely. Now? I thoroughly enjoy the writing and animating gig.
Funny thing is, if I would have stopped and really assessed myself, rather than what I was doing with my blogs, I would have seen a long time ago that I don’t want to talk about things—I want to create things! The pieces all fit: in my writing, I create worlds and people and stories. In my drawing, I create entire stories from simple lines and curves. When I dabble in my “woodshop”, I create
ugly but useful furnishings. What I failed to realize all this time was that it wasn’t about the end result or being the best—it was always about the creation.
So what is the point of all this babble?
My point is this—in order to survive the online world, you have to stop evaluating what you are doing right or wrong. Stop worrying about finding the magic numbers, forget about the conflicting expert advice, and quit trying to squeeze into molds that weren’t designed for you. Try as many things as you can in order to find what you truly enjoy, love, and are passionate about. Then go with it.
People naturally appreciate, are inspired by, and gravitate to those who truly enjoy what they do. They can’t help it. Passion is infectious—like a virus.
I guess “going viral” has a much broader meaning after all.
What do you think of all this?
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