“Your First Post Will Be Your Worst Post”
My writing often makes me feel like a time-traveler leaving notes to myself.
When the student is ready the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready… The teacher will Disappear.”
― Tao Te Ching
Your first post will be your worst post.
Your first video will be your worst video.
You have nothing to compare with, nothing to judge your skill as a storyteller.
Which is why you need to get it out of the way fast.
Start. Write. Don’t think so much about the ‘what’. Or even the ‘how’.
Your ‘why’ is more important.
When you know why you’re doing what you’re doing, you’ll be more flexible with your approach.
You’ll be more deliberate with your practice.
‘You can only connect the dots looking backwards’ — Steve Jobs
Whatever you start with doesn’t matter as much as the fact that you’ve started.
I wrote the above on Facebook exactly one month ago this day.
As I re-read it, I had a familiar feeling: reconnecting with a friend after a hiatus.
I drop the first figments of my ideas on my Facebook page. Then, I work on the few that stand out.
There’s been months when nothing stood out.
I used to wonder if what stood out was within my power.
Then there are moments I feel like I had written those words for myself, or predicted my needs in moments of distress.
I have been writing consistently for over two months now. Ever since I got to the U.S.A, I have written at least a line, a poem, or a post every single day.
I’m still synthesizing why this habit took me this long to be within my reach.
A lot has happened since I got here.
With time, I have been able to look back at the events with a less excited gait, and take it all in: the beauty of life, the serendipity of daily living, and the miracle of existence.
The fact that I am alive at this particular point in human history blows my mind away whenever I try too hard to understand what I did to deserve to be here.
Alive and grateful, I am.
It is the same feeling that allows me to have over 200 draft articles I could quickly edit, let sleep, and polish for publication.
Drafts I have been collecting for years in my Evernote without understanding that this daily collection process was an essential part of the creative process.
This is all to say that I am getting a hang of a process that works for me, and the words of my mentors, from far and wide, finally make sense.
I know what it means to show up even when I’m scared of what I will create.
Even when I don’t feel inspired.
I may not be where I think I need to be, but I am right where I am supposed to be. And that, my friend, feels really great.
If you have something you’ve been putting off, let this post be your reason to stop giving yourself excuses.
“When we sit down day after day and keep grinding, something mysterious starts to happen. A process is set into motion by which, inevitably and infallibly, heaven comes to our aid. Unseen forces enlist in our cause; serendipity reinforces our purpose. This is the other secret that real artists know and wannabe writers don’t. When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication.”
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