I’m writing this week’s post on a lazy Saturday afternoon, after schlepping through the National Gallery of Art (again) this morning. I saw Dunkirk last night, and while I was skeptical about seeing it in IMAX, I’m really glad I did. It completely enhanced the entire experience of the movie, which is beautifully shot and written, especially because there’s very little dialogue.
Good evening pals! Started the day with a virtual-morning coffee with a good, old friend. We can’t meet up for coffee anymore on Sunday mornings, but it’s a nice ritual that technology lets us continue. It’s nice to connect with people who have seen you through seasons.
Yesterday I walked all the way to the Tidal Basin with a bag full of acrylics, watercolors, and brushes and realized once I sat down on a nice bench that I had completely forgotten paper. I had walked 45+ minutes to paint in 80 degree heat, and had forgotten my paper.
This is life, and it can be hysterical.
I am writing this extremely pre-coffee, so you’re going to have to forgive me for any typos/residual crankiness. My sister is in town and we brunch reservations at 11:30 – I wanted to get this up before we head out.
It’s cherry season.
Holy cow, my allergies are terrible this weekend. Doesn’t matter what I do, from allergy pills to Flonase, I’m sniffling like crazy. Yes, I have also been listening to Taylor Swift all week on Spotify. Sue me. We all cope with allergies somehow. Mine is air conditioning and T-Swift.
Anybody in a creative-leaning field has seen it:
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through. (Ira Glass)
Have you looked at your gap?
I took this photo right before a storm swept over Lake Michigan, during Taste of Chicago. I miss this city this weekend. Summers in Chicago were always brisk and heady and full of sunshine.
I wanted to show you my desk in all of its messy glory. It ain’t always a flat lay, folks.
First, understand that you’re going to cry a lot.
My friend Zach made an album, and it’s a great piece of writing/music/art. “Debt Sounds” deals with dark themes and is crazy relatable for a recent grad like myself, as well as someone who’s battled anxiety for most of her life. Plus, Zach’s an amazing lyricist. Give it a listen here on Bandcamp and buy it on iTunes.