When I embark on an art or design project, I always fluster. Some of my ideas aren’t what you’d call mainstream and often have to be explained. And that concerns me.
Take, for example, my diversity and inclusion logo design. My first idea was a Venn diagram. A bit boring, but no explanation needed. Yet it just didn’t sit right with me. I wanted to go with something a little less obvious. And I did.
But with creative projects I feel I have to keep justifying my idea to myself, or explaining them to others. At the moment I have limited faith (that comes from experience) but some of my ideas are just so far off the mark I end up on a completely different path to the one I should have been on (again, from experience).
Could I be a trailblazer, a brave pioneer of fresh new territory? Or am I just lost?
A trailblazer is literally someone who makes marks along their trail so that others may follow behind. They may not find the destination they were expecting, but if they hadn’t started their journey they would never have known. I’ve begun to tell myself I’m blazing my own trail. In time I hope someone feels curious enough to follow, find what I found, and discover where I’m headed next.
Lesson 5: It takes courage to blaze a new trail, so it’s okay to hesitate a little (and you won’t burn your feet). Enjoy the journey or you’ll miss part of the fun, and take time to discover your destination when you finally get there.
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