One of the hardest things about being a “working creative” is finding your style. You’ll grow and change throughout your career (which is good), but it also helps to have some sense of what you’re doing in the beginning. It’s tempting to learn by identifying what you like and reiterating it until it’s yours, but is that really the most honest? Do you want to be someone who is keeping up, or someone who is leading their own way?
By now you’ve spent a good portion of your life learning things about yourself, steering them in different directions, giving up, hiding them, claiming new identities and any number of other things that we all do (consciously or not). So maybe, just as an exercise that we like, toooootally don’t need but are doing just for fun, let’s try to look objectively at our guts, and then trust them.
Life is going to tell you a lot of things about yourself that you didn’t ask to be told. Negativity will be thrown at you out of nowhere. But when you’re being true to yourself and doing what you love, none of that really matters. We know this, but it bears repeating: Love conquers hate, and never giving up is how you win. –Adam J. Kurtz
Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives
Adam J. Kurtz is a Brooklyn-based artist and author of several books including the international-bestselling 1 Page at a Time journal. His dark (but optimistic) humor comes to life in an offbeat line of gifts and small trinkets. Follow @ADAMJK for more.