Listen to the Mustn’ts

Image of Where the Sidewalk Ends

This week I have had a really bad bout with anxiety.  Lately when I picture myself  as a freelance designer, I freak out.  I am not worried about having an inconsistent  paycheck, a lack of healthcare, or finding work (yet) I am worried about my ability to be creative.  I know I can get up every morning and do the job, but will I be good at it.

I am excited and scared at the same time. I think more scared about the end of this chapter and the start of a new one chapter.

I feel as a designer or even an artist you are always on display, there is always someone who will not like your work, feel it is not worth the price, or feel they can do it themselves instead.  Despite the amount of blogs, books and articles I read, no one tells you how to deal with that voice in the back of your head that says ” Am I good enough?”

It is weeks like this one I call on my friends…one in particular, and this is what he told me:

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”

Shel Silverstein


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