But seriously, it is. As I say way more often in day-to-day life than one would expect, I should have listened to Theodore Roosevelt.
Oh how right you are, Teddy.
Need proof? Did you know that this blog has existed for years? You'd never be able to tell it from my archives. Every once in a while, I decided that the blog didn't look as nice/wasn't as funny/wasn't as creative/sucked like a vacuum cleaner compared to other blogs and would stop blogging (even though I enjoy it) and, ultimately, remove the posts from easy public consumption.
I have thought many things over the years. It's the blog layout and colors. I'll change those! But I don't wanna. I like earth tones. I like dark colors. I am not a bright whites kind of gal. Back to the drawing board.
I know: I need a clearly defined focus! This will only be about crafts! Only! Well, with the occasional recipe. And musings about life. And pictures of things I like. And.... I am more than crafts so this blog will have to reflect that.
I'll change my writing style to something more formal. Regular Virginia barfs words and thoughts out to everyone she speaks to. Let's not let regular Virginia too close to the keyboard. This could end poorly. But Formal Virginia is cool and elegant and doesn't like to get too mucky. And probably has to wear pants. A lot. Let's try something else.
I'll take better pictures! They will be moody and have weight like a painting by a Dutch master! But this house doesn't have "good light" and I don't want the neighbors to stare at me when I go outside and take 800 pictures of melting ice cream and my feet in knitted socks propped against a column. What else could be the problem?
Learn from my ridiculousness: The only problems that ever kept this girl from blogging are comparison and not having a computer at home for several years. Bet you didn't see that second reason coming! But I solved that one, so let's focus on the other reason.
The other reason (comparison, for those of you who got distracted by a squirrel) is hard to combat, especially when I admitted to myself that the thing I was comparing most was something I always thought I was good at: creativity. I have always thought I'm crafty and a good cook and just generally pretty worthwhile on that front. But boy, when you look at all the talent out there in the world, it's heartbreakingly easy to look back at your own little corner and be disappointed. But remember this:
I don't know who said that (the internet can be astoundingly unhelpful at times), but that's the other truth I want you to take away from today. Not that usual stuff about unrealistic expectations we set for ourselves because of what we see. We know that already. (We forget it, but we know it.) Nope! Today's manifesto is that you are not competing against anyone (which is a shame, because you'd be winning. Am I right?).
Now, tell me what you've been putting off because you didn't think you measured up in comparison. Tell me and then GO DO IT!
By the way, like the quote pictures? Here! Have a printable!