First, here's the quote we're revolving around today:
"One of the great cruelties and great glories of creative work is the wild discrepancy of timelines between vision and execution. When we dream up a project, we invariably underestimate the amount of time and effort required to make it a reality. Rather than a cognitive bug, perhaps this is the supreme coping mechanism of the creative mind — if we could see clearly the toil ahead at the outset of any creative endeavor, we might be too dispirited to begin, too reluctant to gamble between the heroic and the foolish, too paralyzed to walk the long and tenuous tightrope of hope and fear by which any worthwhile destination is reached."
-Maria Popova, A Velocity of Being
The imagination has no limits - thankfully.
We can whip up anything we want mentally. We can cast our dreams onto the grandest canvas of mind and see it so clearly.
This is good. This is being human. This is what creativity is all about & how culture evolves.
BUT, the idea only comes into existence through the 3D world.
Therefore, it's going to look a little different. It's going to take longer. It's going to cost more - not only more money, but more of your soul.
It could takes years and likely some tears.
Hours and hours spent. Late nights. Early mornings.
"No, I can't go"
"No, I can't do that"
Doubt. Shame. Procrastination. Distraction.
BUT also, breakthroughs. Insights. Revitalization.
Inspiration. Second winds. Big smiles. Flow states.
I know it's been cliche'd to death, but if it were easy, everyone would do it.
Count on it not being easy. Count on it being hard.as.fuck.
Like way way harder. So hard it's WORTH IT.
So hard that (as Maria above eluded to) you'll be glad you were blind to it at first.
Don't be afraid of interval periods.
Every idea has to incubate. Every vision takes time to come to fruition.
Humans take 9 months. Horses take 11 months. Snakes take over a month.
Cathedrals take 100s of years.
When you're not seeing your dream come true immediately - give it time, let it cook.
Just focus on continuing to add the right ingredients and preparing for when it's ready.
Let the 'HOW' & 'WHEN' be a mystery.
Know these things and still persist.
Still shoot your shot.
Shoot a million shots if you got it in you.
Get God to notice.
Don't be afraid of the hunger. Let it pull you forward insatiably. Who cares.
You came from dust, you'll return to dust, but don't you dare let the dust gather in between!
I love you
Turns out there can be a lot of overlap between building design and building a life. John Ruskin (unknowingly perhaps) tells us how to live life better.
It's never too late to stumble upon an underlying principle of reality. (Especially one that can be put to use immediately)