I think it’s very important to have collaborators who listen to you, who have time, who aren’t just doing it for the money, and not doing it in a hurry. People who are willing to experiment and try new things. That’s the only way you can create interesting results if you are willing to try.
"Nobody tells this to people who are beginners. I wish someone had told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase; they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this, and if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know that it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on deadline so that every week you finish one piece. It’s only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions, and I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take a while. It’s normal to take awhile. You just gotta fight your way through."
Don't be so hard on yourself for feeling lost, confused or like you haven't achieved all that you wanted to achieve. Life would be pretty damn boring if you'd done it all already, if you had no more room to grow or things to learn. Be patient. You'll eventually figure it all out and everything will make perfect sense. Every experience will get you to where you are supposed to be. Every win, every loss, every heartbreak and every mistake. Don't be afraid to fuck up, and don't expect success overnight. Get lost, get so damn lost and find yourself over and over again.
Look at how happy I am. No big, cheap smiles; instead, you’re seeing a deep and genuine gratitude created by humility and awe.
Because in the end you’ll be dead.
Everything will not be alright while you’re alive and you won’t reach a point when everything is as you imagined it would be.
That sounds pessimistic, but it’s actually just acknowledging the fact that though situations can improve and life can be good, it will never be without problems. Life is inherently problematic (which is why we’re natural problem solvers).
It’s important to acknowledge that, so we’re not always obsessed with thoughts about an ideal future, only to find out that the future is a lot like the present.
All we have are present moments. We should live them, instead of always thinking about what we don’t have.
I hope heaven exists, and I believe it does in some form. But we experience only moments of it in this realm.