Drowning in a Sea of Talent

One problem with being online and especially in the blogging world is that there is just way too much talent out there. The same thing happens in the ‘real’ world, but to a lesser degree, because people don’t tend to hold up posters of their accomplishments or constantly speak about them. Still, things like that do come up naturally. Recently I was at a dinner with a really amazing pianist and an actor. Both of them are very talented and made me feel woefully inadequate.

I feel like every single person in the world feels this at some point, but it’s hard to keep creating when there’s so many wonderful things out there. Every time I look at something amazing that someone has done, one of the first things that goes through my head is ‘I could never do something like that.’ Which is probably true, but it’s also irrelevant.

An amazing shot of aurora borealis in Norway. Getting a picture somewhat like this would make me so excited I might wet myself. Photo credit to Tommy Eliassen / Barcroft Media From the Telegraph.

An amazing shot of aurora borealis in Norway. Getting a picture somewhat like this would make me so excited I might wet myself. Photo credit to Tommy Eliassen/Barcroft Media from The Telegraph.

What is relevant is that I’m doing something. As long as I’m writing, painting, or taking pictures, I’m doing something unique and exciting. I guarantee that no matter what level you’re at there will be someone ‘better’ than you and someone ‘worse’. And I’m sure people look at what I do and think that they could never do something like that. At least, I hope they do!

I will never stop creating. I see beautiful pictures and read amazing books and part of me wants to give up right there and then. But the larger part of me is inspired by what I see, and drives me to keep trying and keep getting better. And this part is way bigger than that nagging voice that tells me I’ll never be that good. The truth is, I probably wont be. But it doesn’t matter because I’m doing things I love, and people like them.

So if you’re like me, and terrified of the world that is saturated with so much unbelievable talent, never fear! Keep pushing on and keep creating, because you’re just adding to the world’s diversity and amazingness.

Also: the featured picture for this post is a landscape I took in Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. I think it’s pretty awesome.

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