Finish the things you started
I’m studying sketching and making art from Mattias Adolfsson. One of the things he said struck me. In my own words:
Even if you don’t like how your drawing is turning out to be, finish it anyway. It’s important to get the sense of knowing that you are able to finish the drawings that you started.
My digital sketchbook is full of unfinished pages. My notes app is full of unfinished posts. It’s a microcosm of the last ten years of my life. I started so many things, but I finished only very few of them. And my confidence has taken a hit because of it. In the last two or three years, I have had lingering doubts whenever I started a new project or start writing again.
What I’m committing to right now is that, at least in the pages of my sketchbook and notes app, I will finish the things I started. And hopefully, I see this writing journey through as well until I become a full-time writer and beyond.
As a person of faith, I also hope that I finish not only my writing journey well, but also my faith journey like what St. Paul wrote to Timothy:
I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance.
2 Timothy 4: 7–8 NAB