“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” —Rosie Hardy
Have you ever felt so inspired by something or someone that suddenly you felt less worthy, less important?
I have. Sometimes I leave my Google Reader closed because I’m too exhausted to desire the inspiration, to do the great things everyone else is doing. Sometimes I feel left behind, like I’m watching this amazing party bus drive past me, seeing laughing faces from the windows.
Yet, it’s this part of the quote that truly inspires me: “For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” We must use our discomforts and fears to move us.
How? First, ask yourself, “What am I really good at?” Sit down and truly dig deep to find something you feel very confident about. Are you a great encourager? Consistent in style? Make people feel at ease? Great at telling stories? Articulate your strengths on paper.
Look through your list. Pick one. Now, hold on to it. Because we simply cannot-do-everything-that-everyone-else-is-doing.
As a photographer, I am so guilty of this. But I need to let those that are amazing at prop photography be amazing at that. Allow those who are incredible at web design be what they are. Because in the end, anyone can have Photoshop or a fancy product—but they can’t have you. If we continue to waste time buying resources to make us into other people, we will hardly amount to the greatness that we can be. Strengthen who you are. In other words, focus on your personal strength—the one that you know is truly yours—then challenge that trait to grow.
Consider this my personal thank you to the party bus for leaving me behind sometimes. It has often dropped me off at my own finest moments.
Photograph via Imaginale Design.