can we struggle cheerfully when things aren't going as we hoped?
This piece felt like a creative to creative hug.
"a 3 minute long training montage, where our beloved protagonist struggles and fails a few times before succeeding...It’s rousing, inspiring, and, unfortunately, a total misrepresentation of the wintery isolation of enduring failure after failure with no sign of success."
This last line crushed me. I somatically felt that isolation, that feeling I never share because I only feel it when I'm solitary.
This is happening to me but working on banging out essays/writing/deep work first thing in the morning and it feels like some "cure"
This essay speaks to me so much, thanks for writing it (and publishing).
A few of my scattered notes:
- It's both relieving and scary to see that the creative process kinda retains the same shape no matter how "good" you get... And yeah I always want to believe that, eventually, *I* will overcome the struggle 😅 which ya my logical brain knows probably won't happen. Something to always sit with more
- I feel like we creatives are always hoping to set up our own showreels in a forward-looking way, when I think showreels make themselves known by us looking backward at what's been done. all this to say, ya the john mayer and chapelle/seinfeld quotes are good lol
- Maybe what we (I) could use more of is community, where I can be like "y'all I'm feeling stuck" and get support and reassurance 😂 cus i think we all feel this in some form or another
Interestingly, I was reading about algorithmic knowledge vs. outcome knowledge today. Our brains may work based on learned algorithms that store how to get to some knowledge (by running the algo) not the knowledge itself. It's from The Self-Assembling Brain: How Neural Networks Grow Smarter by Peter Robin Hiesinger.
Start a podcast, I could listen to you say everything you've written here in under 15mins. You have a conversational writing style. You were born to be heard more than you're read. Brilliant article.
Love this. Thx for writing it.
Like you, I also felt so healed watching the Beatles fumble, argue, and fail. I also loved watching how silly they were. It humanized them so much for me and brought back a lightness to my own creative process.
Do you have any essays that you hold up as gold standards of the medium? The ones that go beyond just good writing and deliver on the ideas, framing, and reading experience too?