I was really inspired to paint a poinsettia. I know it’s not Christmas. Heck, it’s not even Halloween. But when you get inspired you can’t go against it right? That would just be wrong. So when it hit me, I didn’t resist.
Well my red paint was crimson, smooth, beautiful. My purple paint was uhhh, thin, watery, and wouldn’t blend with my red. Like what a disaster.
So I quickly lost all inspiration. I thought well crap this is going to look like crap and it feels like crap painting this. I should just stop and forget this piece. Crap.
But most of the time, the problem isn’t when you slap on too much paint. The problem is too little. The problem is putting in too little effort. The problem is quitting when you face an obstacle, whether super early on or late in the game.
I learned something from that crappy purple paint. I learned to always choose inspiration over the obstacle. I learned that my inspiration is worth working for. It’s worth the time. It’s worth the frustration and irritation.
That one tiny obstacle could have stopped my inspiration in its tracks. The world would have never known the realization of my inspiration.
If you have a crappy obstacle ahead of your art or your life for that matter, don’t give up. Finish what you started. Even if you feel like your inspiration has turned into impatience and anger, keep going. You might learn something and the world might come to know the beauty to which your inspiration gave birth. Endurance and perseverance go hand in hand with creation and passion.
Bring your inspiration to its zenith. Don’t let a bump in the road force you to do a U-turn and go home.