In a recent Instagram story Dallas Clayton said something very profound that made me stop in my tracks.
“Making art has almost nothing to do with being the best.”
Now, when I first heard him say this my old perfectionist mind did a quick, “Say what?! Not true.That’s just an excuse.” But, then he elaborated.
“I’d rather be a mediocre bowler and have fun every game than be really good and be mad when I get a 299.”
Oh Dallas, you are so wise! Making art has nothing to do with being the best. If we do make it about being the best then we’ve missed the whole point! We become the tortured artist instead of the happy doodler.
Every day I create art.
Every day I choose happiness not perfectionism.
Every day I choose collaboration not comparison.