Have you ever thought about how we learn to walk or watched someone playing a video game where they fall down or lose their character over and over and over but keep going, they keep trying?
They fail forward.
It's easy to get caught up in seeing someone else's highlight reel, particularly on social media. It's easy to see someone's expertise and compare your own abilities to theirs.
I'm here to tell you, if you want to make great things, you have to start where you are.
Make crummy stuff!
I had some ladies from school stay in my spare room for a handful of weeks last summer while HandsomeJoe was out of town. One of them asked me how I learned to cook so well. I told her honestly that I had made a lot of really awful food.
Even now, I'm getting pretty good at turning my foodie-failures into things that my kids will actually eat. It's pretty simple to turn failures into muffins or pancakes, and if it's really awful, I let the chickens turn it into eggs.
So often I see people try a thing, think they've failed, and give up. Making things is rarely talent and almost always skill. Those who are thought of as "talented" have often worked the hardest or the longest to be so.
Talent is innate. Skill is learned.
If someone else can learn something, so can you.
I'm going to let you in on a little secret. There's almost nothing I can do that you couldn't do if you were to spend as long as I have practicing, falling down, getting up, trying again. Granted you might not want to spend that time and in a lot of cases, you have other things you'd enjoy more.
Going through old papers, I shredded my first attempts at my calligraphy project for school. So here's one of my second round of attempts.