Trying new things doesn’t always go perfectly the first, second, third, or hundredth time.
But you can’t succeed at anything if you don’t try. You can’t know if you want to succeed if you don’t try. Maybe you know that the potential cost of failure outweighs your desire to try.
I was telling a young writer something along these lines, recently, about NaNoWriMo. “I’m nervous,” they confessed.
“What,” I asked, “is the absolute worst thing that could happen?”
“That I won’t achieve the goal I set for myself.”
“And what is that?”
“That I’ll write an 8000 word story in November.”
“If you don’t try, then you surely won’t achieve that goal, will you?”
So today’s art is a bit of a mess. But I think it gets the idea across, even if the tea ended up stronger than it was meant to, and leaked a bit illogically.
I committed to try, and to try not to judge the results too harshly.