The bigger picture
Over the last year (2010-2011), something beautiful and magical has happened, as a direct result of this website. All of you who have followed me on this journey are responsible. What began as merely an outlet for my own inefficiencies as a writer and artist (and developed into perhaps, a guide for others experiencing the same problems), has taken on such a larger role in my life than I could have ever anticipated.
I can readily admit that my motives for this site were selfish.
I initially thought, “My friends will read my work, hopefully not be too brutal towards it, and I’ll be held accountable for when I don’t write stuff for a few months (or years).” Then, as a few random readers started popping up that were not my friends, I thought, “Hey, maybe I could use it as a real platform for all of my work?”
The original site quickly became the motivational tool I needed to finish projects, but it also created a bridge to connect me with other creative-types. I began meeting people, introducing people to the site and getting real, honest feedback on this little “writing super highway.”
This was far and beyond just a place for me and my work.
It was a place for all people working on art.
It’s Not Just About Me
For once in my life, I cared about what people thought of my work and I wanted to make it better.
I now understand what Steven Pressfield discussed in “The War of Art”:
Yes, we were put on this world to speak to people, and to create something that wasn’t there before, but there’s a bigger picture than even that.
I realize now that through my work, I’m helping people find their voices. Not to be self-important or assume that I’ve empowered a slew of individuals to act, but I have read the emails from complete strangers, and I know that something about this site, are causing positive change.
Adults are seeing that pursuing their creative passions don’t have to come with immense and jaw-dropping sacrifice.
You Don’t Have to Lose Your Voice
I’m not talking about the mousey voice that said “I want to be an astronaut” in 2nd grade, although that’s a part of us, too. I’m talking about the adult dreamer who wants to quit their job and buy a food truck and cook around New York City.
Maybe it’s a secret that you want to cook using organic ingredients or your grandma’s secret recipes. Whatever your art may be, I know it’s bigger than me and my little website.
And it’ll remain larger than you and larger than life, until you take that first step (creating a website, saying your dream out loud). Don’t let it all just waste away.
What are you doing to see your “big picture?”