There is an article being shared around that I think is worth reading and pondering for a bit. It is called Stay on the Bus, and please go have a look / read.
The premise is that when you are starting out, you will be in a sea of opportunity. There will be lots of options (buses) that you can choose from. There are lots of reasons to choose a particular bus, but let’s all assume that we are on this quilting / blogging journey because it is a passion. A calling. Something that speaks to our hearts and souls. But within quilting / blogging, there are still so many buses to get on. Does modern quilting make your heart sing? Traditional? Art? Applique? EPP? FPP? Design? Fabric design? Does free motion quilting make your heart sing? Do you blog frequently or infrequently? So very many buses.
As you travel your route on the bus, you might hear about success someone had following a different route, or perhaps you will be compared to earlier masters who started on your same route and fall a bit short (to which I would also refer you back to Ira Glass’s Creative Process thoughts). If you go back to the station and get on another line, start another journey, you will still go through those beginning phases and be compared to earlier masters. The message the article is sharing is that the difference in success and finding creative breakthroughs is to stay true to yourself and to stay on your bus.
I have many thoughts about this. On the one hand: yes. Stay on the bus. Follow your heart and passion. Also: each quilting bus does not have to follow the same road. You don’t have to get off of the modern quilting bus to start designing. It might just be the next stop on your route.
On the other hand: I got off a bus, and it was the best decision I could make for myself. I rode my aerospace engineering bus to its conclusion; it would not have been healthy for me to stay on that bus for another day. I started over.
I know that the message is really aimed at creative types who are going to receive critique on their work and feel a need to reinvent themselves along the way, but I do know that I am open to personal reinvention.
So, what do you think? Does this resonate with you? Does this touch a spot that encourages you to keep going down your path or are you thinking it might be time for a course correction (whatever that might mean)?