I've been reading Austin Kleon's new book, and it's really shown me that creativity isn't something that you're necessarily born with. Some people are obviously more creatively inclined then others, but it takes work just like anything else. I was not bred to become an artist, and I certainly didn't think it could be a career move, so I didn't come to college with a huge portfolio of past work. I had some crappy photos from my DSLR, but really I had no concept of what a creatively centered life would look like. I liked the idea of making things, but I never got around to it. It was hard to break away from television and video games to do anything artistic, but I always wanted to do it.
Some people, like many art majors in my program, have been making art long before college. I took maybe one art class prior to college and had no concept of what studying art meant. It was all completely new to me, and while I loved it, it was still hard to make myself do anything with it. Now, as I work to start a photography business I realized that it's all about discipline. I love photography, but the second I HAVE to do something with it, it makes it hard to get off my lazy butt to do it. The same kind of discipline is required when reading your Bible in the morning. You may be a Christian, you may love God, but it's still hard to crack that book (or app) open.
The 365 project isn't something I necessarily love, in fact, most of the time, I hate it. I do it because it forces me to at least do a little something every single day. Some weeks are easier than others; weeks like this week when I'm buried in schoolwork and am generally lacking sleep, it's hard to take a photo or bring myself to write anything. You may even consider today's photo a failure (the photo above), but not all of the photos will be successful. That's not the point. I went through a time between my first 365 and my second, then my second to Reloaded where I did nothing. I created nothing for months and months; I barely removed my camera from it's loving Incase bag. Since starting 365 Reloaded, my production has skyrocketed because I have finally discovered that just because I love something doesn't mean I still don't need discipline to do it. I definitely won't get any better without it.