Philippa Perry is The Observer’s new agony aunt, and in last Sunday’s edition she imparted some excellent advice to a person who is struggling to find motivation and enjoyment in life. I think her words could apply to any one of us:
Direct your energy into your creativity. Wanting to do something – liking it, enjoying it – is reason enough to invest your time in it. You don’t have to be good at it as well. Judging yourself as either good or bad is really not the point; the point is to do what you have always wanted to do. It can be freeing to recognise this.
If you see yourself as [a failure] and cannot silence the inner critic on that, then change your attitude to failure. It is OK to fail. It is necessary to fail. The person that never failed, never made anything.
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Before you go…
Check out my adult student, Claire Wingate, singing the beautiful Simon & Garfunkel song ‘Sparrow’. You can really hear her communicate the meaning of the song lyrics here.
There’s also a backing track on my YouTube channel, should you wish to have a go at this song with yourself, or as a duet with a friend.