Daring in 2016

It is May already but I am mapping areas of my artwork focus for the year 2016. Maybe it is too late to be ‘planning’ what to do this year. But to me it somehow makes more sense to do this now because things are just starting to come together and shape up.

To keep on track and not to lose focus on some of the most important things I started new pages on my blog with the main ‘projects’. Perhaps these pages will be part of my 2016 planning. Unfortunately planning always feels scary to me because it makes clear objectives and thus more clear if I fail. But it is necessary – perhaps not to do the planning but to fail. And that is the only thing I am telling myself today. I will be failing many times and learning along the way. There is this beautiful quote from Theodore Roosevelt that was in his famous speech ‘The Man in the Arena’:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…

So in 2016 I am daring to

 

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