lessons learned in 2021

It’s become my practice to spend the last day of the year reflecting on what I’ve learned over the last twelve months.

Here are a few of my favorites lessons:

  1. Create from the heart, never the head. You get to the best parts of yourself on accident. The job of an artist is to orchestrate these accidents.
  2. Failure is the greatest way to propel yourself forwards.
  3. The work is always better when you’re having fun while doing it.
  4. Process > product (Easy to comprehend, but difficult to implement. This is a lesson to be learned again and again, as it’s both true of living a life and learning a craft.)
  5. “It is very dangerous to try to be a farmer when you’re really a pirate.”
  6. “Being a writer is an act of perpetual self-authorization. No matter who you are. Only you can authorize yourself….No one else can authorize you. No one.” — Verlyn Klinkenborg
  7. Sometimes, the miracles happen because we’re not paying attention.
  8. “At some point, when you create yourself to make it, you’re either going to have to let that creation go and take a chance on being loved or hated for who you really are ~or~ you’re going to have to kill who you really are and fall into your grave grasping onto a character that you never were.” — Jim Carey
  9. You have to let yourself be awful to wander, to play, to explore.
  10. “…things that start out poorly don’t always end poorly.” — Mike Nichols

Here’s to another empty page where we begin…