DSLR Guide Explains 'Why Not?' When It Comes to Creating

I stumbled upon this video earlier today and it was one of those things that really made me think. What if I didn't do what I do? Would I be happy or would I regret not doing it? I find that a lot of people are content doing the work they do or working the job they work. I believe that it is when we push ourselves to be creative or work harder and put our stuff out there for it to be seen, that we begin to take the right steps forward. The question "why not?" acts as a motivator to go out and create because all the reasons "we can't" are just excuses as to why we aren't.

Just a few months ago, I myself was making up every excuse I could as to why I couldn't post more content, write more, or take on more work. It wasn't because I was lazy or because I didn't want to but rather because I didn't know what I should be creating. It hit me one day when a buddy of mine told me that I should be posting something every single day and I fired off a silly excuse as to why I couldn't. Something along the lines of, "I don't have enough content." As soon as I said that, my friend immediately got mad at me and told me that all the work he has seen from me was good and that if I wanted to, I could be sharing stuff more than once a day. After hearing similar things from a few other people, I thought about why I made up these excuses and part of it was because I was afraid of sharing content that didn't have any real value to me.

The solution to this was simple but it would require a lot of time, effort, and patience. I knew that since I wasn't OK with a lot of the work I was doing, I needed to try harder to create more work that had value to me. Once I realized that, I was able to get myself out there and shoot things I found interesting. I put a lot more time into finding places that would be unique to shoot at and I made sure I went at times that I thought the lighting would be best. Soon enough I went from posting my stuff every 2 or 3 weeks to 2 or 3 times a week, to now pretty much posting every single day. 

I think the question "why not?" simply just means why not? We can create every excuse in the world but those excuses aren't going to advance our work. Our work will advance our work but we need to be capable of creating that work. This video really hit me because this is something I can definitely relate to and something that I was actually able to change myself. To this day, I am not happy with every single thing I post, however it makes me feel so much better that I am out there constantly creating new work to share. If I never posted my work, nobody would see it, but now that I have been sharing my work more and more, it has truly opened up a world of opportunity that I would have never experienced if I just kept doing what I was doing.

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Elan Govan's picture

Hi Ty,

Looks like you are on a therapeutic mission to share your creative work and feel better..... that you are "out there constantly creating new work to share".

I am all in favour of turning negative feelings into a creative force. Good luck.