Lesson learned the hard way

Sometimes, you have got to try before moving on to something different, no matter how determined you were to make a thing succeed in the beginning.

This is a tough lesson to learn.

Where do you draw the line to signify when something you’ve worked towards isn’t working at all? How do you know when you’ve tried enough and it is time to move on towards something else? These are very difficult questions to ask of one self, and the answer(s) isn’t always easy to find, hear or simply acknowledge.

Here is what I was doing this past weekend – pictured below.

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A stall a couple of friends and I held at a 3-day show; we carry silver jewellery, henna tattooing service (by me), gorgeous original paintings and prints by my friend Abecca, and organic hand-made ceramic vases and pendants by another friend, Rachel Sheree. We’ve been trying to do the market circuits for few months now, testing waters of one or the other every month in our venture to find some that work for what we carry. We were hoping this show would have been one of success for us, but unfortunately like so many others, it only disappointed.

However, we are believers that what happens is only for the better, and after months of trying this avenue, we have unanimously decided that we will keep fighting to achieve our goals – of making our art work for us as a living, but via another route.

It was a decision we had tossed around for a long time, however, our time is valuable and it’s foolish to pursue a path with a dead-end. So after three long days of tiring disappointment, we are thrilled however to realise we have an opportunity now to try avenues we haven’t yet given a go. What more could be as exciting as knowing that we may be stumped for now, but not for too long.

I take great delight in knowing that sometimes we have to go through tough situations, make scary decisions and pursue paths with anxiety to realise when something is worth our effort, or when it is high time we moved on to something different, something fresh, something better and something that may still see us succeed!

So take pride in what you attempt, even if it doesn’t work out as planned some days, or other times, take the lesson learned and try to do something different, take a different route.

As for us, we are now concentrating more time on planning for bigger exposure, and for that we need to make sure we give our all – no more unnecessary distractions that’s just holding us back. It’s time to take the lesson learnt and move on to something better, bigger.

Don’t give up your passion for anything. If something isn’t working, then take a breather and try another avenue. After all, it’s not the destination that is rich but the experience of getting there. So, safe journey to you all, whichever pathway you choose.


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