Failure, Invisible Boxes & Creativity

We’ve all heard that failure is a teacher. And while it’s TRUE it’s also super f*cking annoying.

I guess, I get frustrated with the number of times I have to do something to see what it was meant to be all along (and I’m not just talking about the Ikea bed frame that took 3+ hours to build).

Plan A goes off with mediocre success. You learn. You revamp, revise and reimagine what you’ve created and get SO f*cking excited about Plan B.

But then Plan B get crickets.

So you FINALLY start to colour outside the lines and discover what you should’ve done all along.

Maybe failure happens because we weren’t ready the first time. Or the second. Or the third.

Or maybe failure happens to show us the invisible box we were living in before. The one that we would never have seen WITHOUT failure and the necessity to et creative that comes with it.

Or maybe failure is there to not so subtly shove us in a new direction. One we wouldn’t have gone in any other way.

I’m still learning to be okay with failure (former perfectionist in recovery). In the meantime, I’m learning to be grateful for the shove, grateful for the timing that waits til I’m truly ready for it and grateful for showing me those invisible boxes.

How about you..what kind of relationship do you have with failure? Or what has it taught you?