“…I forgot how lost we creative-flow people can get if we don’t have constant reassurance. Mind you, we can work against someone else’s doubts, and often have to, but the team of believers is a very necessary part of what makes us able to produce as much and as quickly as we do.” Page 141
Kaffe Fasset’s autobiography Dreaming In Color arrived late yesterday afternoon. I read straight through until bedtime and finished it first thing this morning. If you have any interest in Kaffe or in stories of individual life journeys of creative minds, you will love this fascinating book. An incredible tale with a remarkable cast of characters, Kaffe’s story unfolds in a dramatic fashion.
It’s tempting to look at the icons of the industry and dismiss our own efforts. It’s easy to draw comparisons, or see the lack thereof, and feel pathetic and small. Without any warning our insecurities shoot above the surface, swamping us with doubt. It is possible to experience this after reading Kaffe’s autobiography. But that’s not what you should take away. Not at all. And I feel confident saying Kaffe himself wouldn’t wish you to do that.
Each of us has our own story, complete with villains and heroes and plenty of detours. We are not called to a certain kind of life. We are called to live our own life to the very best of our abilities, utilizing our unique set of talents. No one else can do it for us. We must put in the time, the effort and the struggle. If we’re following our bliss, the struggle itself is worth the effort.
Having that “team of believers” is crucial. Finding those people may take time and effort on your part. Don’t despair. Instead, take time to be part of the team of believers for others. Support the people you believe in and you will find the world opening up in ways you never could have imagined.