Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A New Quote to Add to My Favorites

So I know I just posted one of my favorite quotes a few days ago, but just today I came across this one, and 1) I'm surprised how much I think it describes how I feel, and 2) I can't believe I didn't come across it earlier, because it's by van Gogh, who is my favorite painter.

"I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it."
- Vincent van Gogh

I am a self-proclaimed Jill-of-All-Trades and Mistress of None. I like to dabble in many creative things, even those that I may not talk about often (like my singing, for example, that if I ever truly wanted to pursue, I'd need a voice coach to improve my breathing and my range). I like to craft and sew and do all these things to learn how. So that I can feel like I am furthering myself and learning new things. But, I think it's part of my downfall, as well. Because, I can't seem to focus on ONE thing to excel at, to do so I can become great at it.

I sometimes wonder if I'm just undisciplined to try ONE thing, or if I fear trying that ONE thing (to be great) and failing. I know there are many out there that are better at things than I am. (But that's perhaps a whole other story....)

So ... anyway. A new favorite quote!

2 comments:

Christie November 16, 2010 at 12:23 PM  

I've also seen that quote attributed to Picasso, so there seems to be a little confusion and that might be why you haven't seen in before. Regardless, it is an inspiring (and instructive) quote. Keep at it, Gabby, and I'm sure you'll discover that ONE thing! (Or TWO or THREE . . . )

Charles Gramlich November 16, 2010 at 12:51 PM  

I'd say I do try to live up to that quote, although I narrow it down to just writing related issues, like I've agreed to do some analyses on soem graphic novels, which I've never done before.

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