Creating Perfection

By Travis Hunter
On September 28, 2018

In my rapidly shrinking spare time, I’m something of a singer/songwriter. There is nothing more gratifying to me than scribbling thoughts and feelings onto a page with a rhyme scheme, hitting the recording studio and crafting something that I can proudly share with the world.

Unfortunately, it’s been nearly two years since I’ve released any new music. I’ve made attempts during that time, but my efforts haven’t materialized into anything I’ve considered worthwhile. When my friends and family ask me about this hiatus, I always fall back on the same, tired excuse.

I’m a perfectionist.

Only recently have I realized that’s not true at all.

I’ve come to terms with the fact that perfectionism is merely insecurity with a more palatable label.

Sure, part of it is the desire to make something flawless, but it’s mostly the hope that if I spend enough time on something, I can identify and eliminate any weaknesses it has so that I can shield myself from criticism.

This system has not worked out well for me. While it’s admirable, no matter the creative medium, to only release the best possible work, perfection is an unattainable goal that can only hinder the artistic process.

The reality of the situation is that no matter what, there will always be critics. Some people criticize work to help make it better, while others do so just to tear it down. It’s impossible to please everyone.

If any of this is a bit too close to home for some of you, I hope you’ll join me in trying something new.

Rather than worrying about what other people might think of your work, focus more on what you think of it. If you’re not happy with it, don’t give up on it. Press on and fine-tune it until you are.

After you’ve molded your creation into something you’re proud of, don’t hide it away from the world. You’re doing yourself and everyone else a disservice by keeping your art under lock and key.

Set it free.

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