Beginning again

It is hard to believe it has almost been a year since I have made an entry in this online journal of mine.  I had too many ambitions for what this new space would hold and how it would look that I ended up overwhelming myself and quitting before I even finished a first post.  I miss the natural feeling of sharing photos and keeping a journal of my life, so for now I have decided to let go of these perfectionist ambitions and let this space take shape as I go.  This quote from Ira Glass has always been one of my favorites, and sometimes I like to read it when I'm feeling overly critical of myself, as if Ira himself is giving me a friendly pep-talk...

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

So here's to fighting my way through the process! After all, "it's all about the journey, blah, blah, blah..." It will probably appear frazzled and random on here for a while, so just bear with me while I try to make this spot my own.  First order of business, my online version of unpacking old knick-knacks on a new desk or hanging a family portrait over the mantle, is ending this post with a picture of... you guessed it... Rudybega!