When my son was very little we belonged to a neighborhood playgroup. It was all mothers with their toddlers and we met once a week. My son, Matthew was a very early reader. He actually could read at 18 months. Many don’t believe this possible but it was the case with our son. He was fascinated with letters and numbers and while other boys were playing with trucks, he was watching his “Colors, Shapes and Counting” video for the 1oth time that day. A few other mothers in the group were catty about my son’s ability. They would make faces behind my back and one actually told me that I must strap him into his high chair every day and read the alphabet over and over to him. It was mean and hurt my feelings.
There was one mother whose daughter was the exact same age as my son, born actually within a few weeks of each other. Her daughter could not read, had no interest in shapes, numbers, etc. but loved to play and have fun. Did this mother ever compare her daughter with my son? No. She was confident in her child’s abilities and it never occurred to her. Needless to say, we became the best of friends and have stayed in touch throughout the years. Where her daughter had to learn how to read in grade school, my son had to learn how to overcome his shyness. Her daughter is now a star volleyball player on her school and travel team, is in the top of her class at a very competitive high school and is gorgeous. My son plays baseball and not only do I love to watch him pitch, I love to watch him having a great time with his friends. He also is a great student taking AP classes in a very competitive high school and is happy.
What is my point? It is to be confident in your abilities. Do not compare yourself and your talents with others. We all are different and what comes easily to one may not to another. It is necessary for balance in this world we share. This really pertains to a creative business. Don’t try to imitate in order to be “as good as” another artist. Be yourself and produce your own vision and take a big, deep breath and put it out there for others to see. Have fun in your creative endeavors, be it for profit or for hobby. Share your knowledge with others without fear for yourself and your craft. There is room for all!