Poetry

Appreciation

“‘What if no one appreciates me?’
But darling, what if they do?”

Being a creator isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes courage to let others see. You ask, “What if no one appreciates my art?” Because what if they don’t like it? What if the world scoffs at something you poured your heart into? You’d feel like a failure.

But darling, what if they don’t? What if you find people that do love what you create? Wouldn’t it be worth it? That’s why it feels so freeing once your art is out there for other eyes to see. You won’t always find the ones that love you. But you will find your tribe. You will. Don’t give up on your dream.

© Sarah Doughty
2018

This piece is dedicated to everyone
that aspires to create art.
Do it. Share it. Don’t give up.

21 thoughts on “Appreciation”

  1. We should do what we enjoy. If you enjoy creating, create away and you’ll be happy! You may not live in a mansion. You may not drive a Lincoln. You may not get invited to join the country club. You may not get to go to a lot of concerts. You may not get that new pair of shoes. You may have to use a lot of duct tape. You may have to borrow a few things from people you don’t want to talk to. You may have to give kind words on holidays instead of gifts. You may drink generic coffee.

    Ok.

    I forgot where I was going with this.

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  2. I’m sure every creative sort has heard that doubting demon voice at one point or another. “Who cares if you keep writing, painting, etc.?” “Who will even notice if you give up?” When I hear it, I shrug and say, “Maybe no one will notice or care, but I will. I don’t want to give up. I got these stories in my head and I’ve made it this far writing them down. I want to keep on going so I can finally reach the end. I want to reach the end.”

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  3. Thank you, Sarah. I really needed this today. Not because I’m doubting writing, but because of other factors.
    Once you blog/write/create for a while, you learn that there will always be someone who likes and someone who doesn’t like your stuff. Art is so subjective. Don’t worry about those who are not into you. Focus on finding those that will be.

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    1. Oh yes. There are no doubt people that don’t appreciate what I write, especially my fiction, since I have a somewhat of a narrow target audience. There was one that read one of my books and it reaffirmed her distaste for the genre. It stung, but it didn’t stop me from writing or developing further. You must stay true to you. If you love what you’re doing, then don’t let it stop you. Plus, I very much enjoy everything I’ve read from you, so you certainly don’t need to worry about me.

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