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Growing up, my favorite snack was a peanut butter and banana sandwich. These days, it’s peanut butter, banana, honey and almond milk. Sometimes I swap out the peanut butter for almond butter or even cashew butter. It’s healthier; it’s about adult choices.
I have a hard time letting go of that snack, though–in any form.
When I look back on my writing when I was younger, I remember how I felt. I remember the atmosphere, the tone, the muse. Sometimes I truly miss it without missing the actual content. I have a hard time letting go of feeling like my work before is better than my work now–that I’ve lost my muse or direction. Even when I’m thrilled with what I’ve created (we all have those moments, even as cynics), I still can’t help but wonder if I would have done better before…
… Before when I was in college, that summer I had that inspiring internship, that semester when I had that really great professor, the summer just before college when I felt invincible…
It’s easy to fall in that trap, though. Some cling to youth, some cling to old relationships, some cling to old projects. I cling to old projects. I look back at old art journals, pieces I’ve written and graphics I’ve designed and everything new just feels inferior. But the trick to growing as an artist, is accepting that everything you once did may change. And that isn’t a bad thing. We have to learn to accept how we are changing with our art, and we have to find our groove with it.
If you’re feeling like you can’t let go of the past and move on to where your art is trying to naturally take you, know that you aren’t alone. Know that your content is even more important and vibrant than before. Swap out the old for some cashew butter. Take some chances you wouldn’t have when you were younger. Your voice mattered then, but who you are now matters more. Be confident, folks.