I’ve been thinking a good bit about this idea lately — that everything we do has been done before, in one way or another. The photos we take, the things we write about, and even the way we do those things. So when I read Seth’s post, I said to myself “Wow, he took the words right out of my mouth.” I thought it’d be fun to take a meta approach and do a remix.
It’s easier to not create anything since it most likely has been done already, maybe even better. The thought process of trying to figure out a way to differentiate or create something entirely new can lead to analysis paralysis.
Is this cliche?
Am I qualified to write about this?
Shouldn’t I just be writing about photography?
Before I read his post, I wanted to write about it. But I didn’t think that I could do it with enough style, clarity, or skill. I think we’re all familiar with this inner critic. It’s really vital to keep going despite the uncertainty.
Much like stocks, the things we learn and then put into practice compounds over time. As long as we keep making those investments, through the ups and down, month after month, and year after year, we should expect an attractive return over the long term. In case you haven’t been investing:
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.