If you have been involved in anything creative for any amount of time, you've probably felt this way before. And this isn't the first time I've felt this way.
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Because we have been planning for this event for a while, the idea of experience has been floating around in my head. Truly, when you really think about it, what we seek for most in life is experiences - the experience to love and be loved, the experience to work well at something, the experience of interacting with others, having them make a difference in our lives, hoping we made a difference in theirs.
This is what I'm choosing to reflect on when I'm frustrated with a creative life. It will have frustrations, paint that doesn't land on a canvas the way we imagined, a sour note that rings through the air, a stumble in the middle of the dance routine. But that is experience, something we can learn from, something that challenges us to get out of our routine of the comfortable, away from the padded box of security and see how much is still in the world for us to experience. If we shirk away from the possibility of pain or frustration, we are denying ourselves the essential human opportunity.