This post is for anyone who puts "aspiring" in front of what they want to do. It's for the people who work day after day and have nothing tangible to show for it. It's for the ones who know they'll get "there" someday, but just don't know when and how. Basically, it's for me. I hope you don't mind.
I can get so caught up in thinking that if I were a better writer, I'd have gotten somewhere with it by now. If I were a better writer, I could convince more people to read my blog. If I were a better writer, I'd have credits on IMDb and movies produced and a list of industry contacts and my phone would be ringing (when it actually works) and I'd never believe that I was a terrible writer again.
Whew. That's an awful lot of pressure to put on myself while trying to write a comedy. It's hard to be funny when you're taking your success so seriously.
What I keep forgetting is that not succeeding yet isn't failing. The most important word in that sentence is probably "yet." As long as I can hold onto that one, I haven't failed. It's only when my "yet" is gone that it's really over.
Because no "yet" means one of two things. I either failed completely, which actually seems impossible in a pursuit of something like art because no amount of rejections or minor setbacks can be considered complete failure, or I've given up. In fact, I really only think failure in this can come from the second option.
Like I said, no amount of momentary failings can be considered overall failure if you continue to pursue something.
And that's probably the most important thing anyone can learn.