When I feel intimated by an artists work, wondering how oh how can I ever be that skilled, something I like to do at the moment is to find their earliest work online.
I scroll right to the bottom of the Instagram page, the tumblr archive, the first video on their youtube channel.
When I get to where they started I check out the date, and more often than not, they’ve been doing what they do for a loooong time.
Long enough to get good at what they do.
Long enough for people to start catching on.
Long enough to be as successful as they seem.
It’s good to remind myself that I took a different journey in life, so of course they’re where they’re at.
There’s a good Chinese proverb that I use when I feel annoyed at myself for not starting sooner:
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago,
The second best time is now.