Where is your Spider Man?
If you are a creative, some variant of that question must have occurred to you. Where is your I, Robot, your Star Wars, your Spider Man. Where is your signature work, that Thing you’re known for?
Maybe you haven’t even started working on Your Thing. Maybe you’re waiting until you get out of high school, or college, or until you get married, or until you have kids, or until the kids leave for college, or until you retire. Don’t do that. Don’t wish your life away.
Maybe you think you don’t have time. I’ve been guilty in the past of being so focused on all the spare time I wish I had that I didn’t see the little bits of spare time I did have. Maybe you’re the same way? Can you find one hour for your own project? Capture it weekly and that’s 52 hours. With practice, you’ll get better at finding and harnessing time. You don’t have as much as you want. Who does? But don’t let that deter you or you’ll never start.
Maybe you haven’t started because you think no one will care about Your Thing after you’ve gone to the trouble to create it. And maybe it’s true, and so what? Your Thing is still Your Thing no matter who’s watching. Sure, you need a return on the investment, but there are many ways to calculate return. Don’t discount the pride of accomplishment. The opposite of that is depression and regret at never having done it. I’d call avoiding those feelings a great return on investment.
But this is when you get to show what you’re made of because here’s the thing: whatever you’re doing, that is your Spider Man. As a creative, you are what you create. And if you’re not creating, your Spider Man is an empty page.
You are the star of a movie right now. It’s one of those 1980s movies, and you’re the plucky little hero we’ve all been rooting for. You’ve met the old guy with all the advice – that’s me – and now it’s time for the montage, where you train hard and get good enough at something to finally trust yourself to do it.
It takes guts to create art. This year, I hope you find the courage to dream with a purpose. Your montage starts now. Go!
Happy 2016, my friends!