Have you ever read something that was the emotional or intellectual equivalent of a punch in the gut from a large and angry man named Knuckles? It doesn’t happen to me often, but when it does, I do my best to figure out exactly why what I read affected me so profoundly. Also, I like to make sure I didn’t actually get punched in the gut because, if I did, I have a completely different problem.
Tycho Brahe, one of the two obscenely-creative guys from Penny Arcade, wrote something about quitting that delivered a well-timed Knuckles-punch. Here’s the pertinent bit.
You have to get back on the horse. Somehow, and I don’t know how this kind of thing starts, we have started to lionize horseback-not-getting-on: these casual, a priori assertions of inevitable failure, which is nothing more than a gauze draped over your own pulsing terror. Every creative act is open war against The Way It Is. What you are saying when you make something is that the universe is not sufficient, and what it really needs is more you. And it does, actually; it does. Go look outside. You can’t tell me that we are done making the world.
I’m asked, from time to time, why I keep The Shack running and why I do The Delivery every week. It’s true, I hope to build a couple few things here and there that will allow me to do the things I love, for pay, all the time. Really though, I started each of them because of the very reason Tycho gave. I believed, and still believe, that I have valuable and useful things to offer and these are the ways by which I offer them. I believed the universe needed more me.
And I’ll let you in on a little secret. I still believe it needs more me. I’m not done creating things, so watch this space. There is a lot more fun to come.
Category: The Shack