I have written twice about blooming where you’re planted. Both times in the summer of 2017, a month apart.
The truth is that I forgot I wrote the first one when I wrote the second. But that’s okay, because the first one was the seed, so to speak, and the second was its germination. (At least that’s what I’m telling myself)
You need to feed and water plants in order for them to not only live, but to thrive. Otherwise, they will wither, and wilt, and die.
In your career, whether it’s in the arts or not, it is not enough to learn your skills while you are training, because things change.
- Ideas about technique change.
- Ways to market yourself change (BOY, do they ever).
- Styles evolve (and repeat, but never quite the same).
Feed your craft. Fertilize it, transplant or re-pot it if need be, water it, shine a light upon it, and allow it to bloom and grow.
Choose how you want your career to go. What do you need? Where can you get it? What will it take? What excuses are you making to avoiding doing what you need to do?