Is perfection stopping you from trying? I'm not referring to your own perfection. I'm talking about the perfection of others.
I absolutely love seeing the amazingly beautiful quilting that people do on their quilts, or others quilts, if they do it as a job. Usually the most amazing quilting is done on a long arm machine, and sometimes it's all quilted automatically - taking out all human error. But no matter how it's done, that doesn't lessen the talent and work that is put into the beautiful workmanship.
But I often notice thoughts in the back of my head telling me that if I can't quilt as beautifully as "those quilters" I shouldn't even try. I should stick to using my walking foot and quilting straight or wavy lines.
I hear the thoughts, but I never listen to them.
Right at this moment I'm quilting a gift for someone. And I will humbly admit that the quilting is far from perfect. My lines aren't spaced consistently even, my stitch length varies, a few times I went too far before turning. And as I notice my errors or grumble at my mistakes, the voices creep in and get a little louder...
But I'm still not listening. I'm putting my foot to petal and quilting on! I don't have an awesome long arm. I don't spend all my time quilting. I probably could use some practice before jumping into a real project.
But really??? I am a mom to four kids. I would like at least a semi-clean home. I would like to actually finish projects, send people their gifts, and move into something else.
So I am sorry to say world, I am saying no to perfection!!! I am going to do what I can, at the ability level that I'm at. I'm going to keep trying. Keep doing. Keep making. And continue to do things I'm not any good at!! Because one day, as I keep trying, and doing, I WILL BE GOOD!!! And it will be AWESOME!!
But until then, I hope that no one will judge me too harshly. And if you decide to compare my work against another's, please keep in mind that I'm a different person. At a different place in my life. With different talents and abilities.
And as I enjoy and admire your work, I promise to do the same!! So no matter where you are at, in whatever you are doing, know that I will clap and cheer you on!! Because more important than being good at something, is TRYING something!!! So be sure to remember that when those voices of comparison creep into your mind when you're doing something new, or hard, or something you may not be good at, AT LEAST YOU'RE TRYING!! And that makes you the most awesome of all!!!