BumpsI found myself last week going through an extremely taxing time. It was not pretty. And I can't go into details right now. But it made me want to pack up my paints and leave. Not just for the week. But entirely. Quit. Find an easy day job where I punch the clock, work like mad, and then go home, leaving the problems for the higher-ups to solve.
I was told that the first year of business is very difficult. And by difficult, they don't mean that you stop and think to yourself, "Gee, this is really difficult." But difficult meaning you will want to quit. You will cry and clench your jaw and want to throw in the towel. You will feel completely defeated and stupid and rotten and good-for-nothing. You will wonder if it's worth it.
And they are right. Some times are extremely difficult.
But instead of giving up and going the easy route, you must choose to look at it as a challenge to be worked through and then learned from. Learned from. Learned from. (Oh, I have.)
If everything was simple and came easily it wouldn't feel rewarding. If there were no trying times you wouldn't be able to fully enjoy the wonderful times. So, as hard as it is, I need to be thankful for even the shittiest things. I know I need them (boy that stings).
There will be bumps in the road to success. Keep going.