On Disappointment

I’m in the middle of a huge project right now – that secret one I can’t really talk about yet – and I’m feeling a little…meh. Not about the project as a whole. That, I’m excited about, and I think it’s something that needs to be out there in the world. But in the current iteration, I’m feeling overwhelmed about the volume, a little sad about the content, and a little disappointed that I don’t feel I have the time and resources to make it as awesome as I know it can be.

This quote and resulting post made me feel infinitely better about all that. As Ira Glass, one of my creative idols and one of the more realistic and honest people in the business of creating, says:

“All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.”

Isn’t it nice to say that out loud? I’m a creative person, I tried hard, and I made this thing, and then, this thing I made? This thing upon which I tried very hard? It sucks. At least, right now it sucks.

You guys, this thing I’m making right now? This thing that is slowly siphoning the life out of my other life, the life where I do laundry and take pictures and feed myself on a regular basis? Yeah. It sucks. It will get better, and that I can be sure of, but right now, it’s just not that good. And Ira says that’s okay. So for today, that is enough.

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4 thoughts on “On Disappointment

  1. Hilary says:

    Thank you my friend! I can’t WAIT to share this project with you. Especially you 🙂

    Museum soon, I hope! That’ll be fun. I miss you ladies.

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