If you’ve been in my kitchen, you’ve seen this: my favourite stanza from Wallace Stevens’ poem, “Thirteen Ways of Looking At A Blackbird.”
I love how Stevens twists the cliche and makes a beautiful, new truth.
I don’t know how you’re travelling, but lately I’ve been of THREE minds…wondering what project I should start now, wondering where to go from here.
Because isn’t this the truth?
Everything you want requires you to grow. It’s outside your comfort zone.
And it’s far too easy to become paralysed by confusion.
So we follow people who seem to know it all, and who can do it all. We consume information and compare ourselves with experts on Instagram and Facebook, or the friends we know in real life who have already done it.
But like I tell my writing students over and over: you can only learn to do a thing by doing it. You teach yourself, one step at a time.
Because this is also the truth. Whatever it is, whatever you’re dreaming about learning or doing…
It’s not a dumb idea. It’s YOUR idea.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
Time to start.
Enjoy your weekend. Have some fun outside your comfort zone. That’s where I’m heading.
Love, Catherine x