» “Feels so nice, I’m afraid to use it”
It’s not the first time I’ve heard this – and to be truthful, I’ve said it a few times myself. You see, touch, or smell a fine new stationery product and all of a sudden you get this feeling that nothing you could possibly have to say is important enough to mar a single pristine page. But that’s just our inner critic trying to get the best of us.
Having the courage to put pen to paper is to be commended because many people don’t share the belief that everything we could ever wish to write is important. But I believe it is- at the very least, important to us in the moment that we are writing it.
In the art workshops I teach, I tend to focus more on the process of creating than on a finished product- because for many, the need exists to simply express themselves via art, writing, music, dance, without needing to be judged on the quality of their efforts.
Now go ahead and take the plastic off that fancy notebook sitting in your desk drawer and just write. Or doodle, scribble, draw… It’s all good. (Plus, you can always buy more.)