Creating, copying, and being creative

To create means to make something new.

You don’t create out of thin air.

You start with raw material, which exists along some spectrum of “rawness.”

Maybe it’s a lump of clay, a bunch of words in your head, a few notes of music, or a pile of lumber. Maybe it’s a photo, a folk song, a quote, an antique chair, a pile of flour and butter, or… Continue reading

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You are not broken

You are not the odd one out.
You are not the only one who gets it.
You are not all alone.

You are not broken, damaged, useless, or flawed. No, you’re not perfect either.

You have been hurt, but you are not broken.

You have lived through pain, but you are not damaged.

You have made mistakes, but you are not useless.

You have stared… Continue reading

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The real reason that you are afraid to begin

“Waiting for the right time” is not a real thing.

It is a half-assed way of saying that you are afraid to begin.

Why are you afraid to begin?

I see a hundred hands going up, a hundred voices saying, “Now hold on just a minute, that’s not what I mean at all…”

And then you’re telling me about how you’re halfway through school, or you have a… Continue reading

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50 ways to stay confused and afraid

1. Look for advice and solutions on social media.

2. Stay busy. A packed schedule is the sign of a meaningful life.

3. Say yes to everything.

4. Accept guilt as a valid indicator.

5. Never sit still.

6. Consume all the information before you without any thought about its source or perspective.

7. Keep up with trends.

8. Watch the news. Read the… Continue reading

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