When I write a poem or a personal piece, my biggest concern is whether I am repeating myself. Will it become boring to the reader because I keep circling the same themes?
This thought can be damaging because the answer I often come up with is yes; I am repeating myself, and the reader will find it excruciatingly boring.
The other day, I was reading a book with my six-year-old. He started admiring the illustrations and the book so much that he said, ‘The person who did these illustrations must be extremely talented.’ He also commented that getting a finished book out in the public must be a lot of work.
I agreed and asked him if he wanted to create something like this himself. He said he would, but he didn’t feel quite as talented as the illustrator of the book he was currently reading. I assured him that I would help him, and we could work on our own book. He was excited but unsure.
That feeling is something I am very familiar with – being excited about a project but uncertain. Most of the time, the uncertainty is so high that I pass on the whole experience. While encouraging my son to try and see if we could come up with a book, I was thinking that I should always be this supportive of my own dreams and goals.
Having faith in yourself is the most crucial and necessary faith of all. Isn’t it?