Once in a while creators of art, those who attempt to bring the thoughts and images to the light of day, stop. They look at themselves and their processes. They see the whole of it like an exploded diagram of the atomic bomb. They can see the arming mechanism, the casing, Fig. 3: the vital pin. If they are truly fortunate, they are able to see, as well, the context in which it all tries to exist. The culture. The composition of the air through which said bomb will plummet toward its target. Sometimes this knowledge stops the creator in her tracks. Sometimes it lights a fuse otherwise never seen.
For me, it has taken me years to realize the value of two important things:
1. trusting myself
2. caring less
These two notions have only recently shown themselves, their evil twins having postponed many a bomb waiting to create life.
Next up: The Nature of the Bomb and How Let It Go