Why is it some people say "I can't do that" if they haven't even tried?
I find this is true with so many people and I can't help but ask, "have you at least tried to do it"? Why are people so scared to give things a try? You never know if you can, or can't, do something if you don't try.
If I am charged with a task that I am unsure of I treat it as if it were a personal challenge; a challenge to prove to myself that I can at least try. I walk around out thinking of it for a few minutes, hours, days even before I will start. Something I have to give it the evil eye and get mad at it. Maybe to let it think I'm the one in charge so it won't get the best if me. If I try, and I untimely fail then I will know that I am not physically able to do the challenge...but if when I try and the results come out at least half way decent then I know I gave it a good try, but can I push myself a little further to make it meet my expectations? The next time a challenge comes my way I can look back and say, this is what I did before, what if I do this instead to have a better outcome.
Why do people not push themselves to be creative?
I've always been able to think through tasks and come up with ideas and visions. I don't know what it's like not to be like this. If I see something that I'd like to try I think, how can I do this with what I already have.
Why do people not experiment with mediums to create things? Scared? Why? If you mess up, so what, you can say you tried! You can mix paint to get new colors, mix paint with glue to get a new texture, or add an unexpected element. Now I'm not saying go out and build a house with no experience but you could build a bird house! Start with paper and make a pattern, imagine how the boards would fit together. Think simple, and add on.
Remember the old saying "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again"? Try at least three times!
So, to close I say, wake up that imagination you were given. Everybody has one, but not everyone exercises it. You may just surprise yourself what you can do if you really push yourself a little further.
This tree is one that I imagined. I had no idea if it would work, or if it would look like a pile of firewood. I did not know until I tried. I tried and people that saw it loved it! It's for sale at The Weathered Home store in Morganton. I will update to let you know when/if it sells.