This is a photo that I took of the moon as it was setting yesterday. Even though it was hazy, there was just something about it that I liked. So I decided to share it with my friends on Facebook.
Last night I was completely overwhelmed when a friend of mine that I went to high school with contacted me, asking to have an enlarged print of this photo made for her to hang in her home. My friend is an incredible photographer and her daughter is a professional underwater photographer. I share this with you so that you can understand why I was so overwhelmed by her request. Especially since I almost didn’t share the photo, because it wasn’t “perfect.”
Having been raised by a perfectionist, I have struggled with perfectionism my entire life. But I’m learning to tell myself that if even just one person likes a photo that I post, then it was worth the risk. What risk, you ask? The risk of facing negative criticism. It’s especially difficult when you struggle from the long term effects of perfectionism.
I have come to believe that the reason so many artists are never truly appreciated until after they are gone, is due to perfectionism. You always hear stories about someone finding private works that the artist created, that no one else has ever seen. I believe that’s because they didn’t think their work was good enough. It’s an absolute shame that this happens.
So I wanted to say a heartfelt “thank you” to all of you that have encouraged me through the years. It sincerely means a lot to me.