There’s a story told about the artist Picasso. Apparently one day whilst having coffee at a cafe he took out his pen and doodled on a napkin. This he did for a few minutes and then, he finished his coffee and made to leave. He was about to throw away the napkin with the doodling on it when a woman who had been watching him approached and asked if she could have the napkin. As the great man paused she added, “I will pay you for it”. To this Picasso replied, “Then that will be $100,000”.
The woman was stunned and having gathered herself said, “But it only took you 3 or 4 minutes to draw this”. “Madam” Picasso answered, “It took me a lifetime to be able to draw this”.
Did she get the napkin? I don’t know. The point is, we do what we do well because we have put in the hard hours. A thing is done over and over, returning to it after both success and failure. We develop muscle memory and transform conscious and subconscious ones. I wonder how many sketches and paintings had been assigned to the bin before Picasso could freely pen the drawing on the napkin.
If you feel discouraged in what you do take a break and come back later and try again, and again. Practice when no one is looking so that one day people will see you. Success is the peak at the end of a long mountain climb. But with perseverance you can get there.
Pogue, have a good one,