Before You Cared Whether You Were Good Enough
The second question (remember how I said I had three questions from the book) inspired from I’ll Give You the Sun comes later in the book when Noah realizes how much he loves painting for art’s sake. When he finally strips away caring about how other people judge his art, whether it’s good or bad, whether he’ll be famous or not, and just paints because painting makes him happy.
He explains on page 351, “It’s like I forgot how awesome it was before I cared if I was any good or good enough…”
Isn’t that the way it is with so many things in life? That if we could stop caring how other people viewed our work, we could be so much happier with the process and the product.
It flows both ways — taking the criticism to heart and taking the accolades to heart. Because neither is particularly healthy. It’s never a good idea to put your own happiness, your own opinions, in the hands of others.
I hate caring about the worth of my words. But I do. And I don’t. And I do.
Do you think you hand your happiness to others? Do you derive the same joy from things that originally brought you joy; before you cared about how others judge your process and product?