Today’s post is about showing up. I think Woody Allen is the one who is quoted as saying winning or success is 99% about showing up. (Or was that Charlie Sheen?) Nevermind, the point is I made a commitment to publish a photo or two each day during this week-long photography challenge and I am keeping it! Of course it’s only Wednesday, but I am taking one day at a time here.
All fooling aside, a body of work is simply the accumulation of many small steps. Habits can help. So can grit. (grin)
To be specific, I am talking about showing up to do the work, or to a daily practice, or to taking action frequently, or to making one small step after another toward a creative goal. If I am honest, today I didn’t feel like doing it. I have a rotton head cold and chills. I took enough antihistamine to sink and elephant. I am not feeling the least bit inspired. And that smurch on the camera has me totally annoyed. And and and, I could complain all day long. Which I did, until about thirty minutes ago. I hauled my body out of bed, ate a bowl of soup for supper, took up the camera.
I tried to take a cute photo of the cat, but she is a) crabby and b) ran too fast. Thus saved from banality, on to semi-spontaneous Plan B. I remembered wondering one day last week how my starkly patterned purse would look against the patterned carpet runner in a black and white photo. (Note: If I were a compliant note taker I would have had this idea recorded somewhere and I don’t, but as it happens, I remembered it anyway.) So here goes!
Now that I look at the pictures again, maybe it is the patterns making me dizzy and not the medications? Anyhoo, which photo do you prefer — or neither? Was it worth getting out of bed for? I believe so, or I wouldn’t have done it.
Do you “show up” regardless of how you feel, or do conditions need to be exactly right in order for you to create? Would you agree that conditions are in fact rarely perfect?