The Gap

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Anne Hospers
2015-07-08

There’s a very important lesson I’ve learnt this year and I want to share it with you. The lesson can be introduced in one sentence “If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” – Lemony Snicket.

I was once nicknamed ‘Quote Girl’, by a classmate from the Arts Academy because I like to collect Pinterest wisdom and share those little titbits when the situation calls for it. Now, that I am finishing up my final year at Saxion, I can really understand Snicket’s advice. Growing up in a performance-orientated society, I have the urge to constantly better myself and try things that make me uncomfortable. But I often think a lot about doing something without actually doing it. As if tomorrow, I will feel more up to it; but this is rarely ever the case.

During both my exchange minor assignments at the Arts Academy in Rotterdam as well as during my independent graduation project, a lot of uncertainty was involved and nearly everything was new. I became hesitant to make and to write; teachers noticed this. At the end of the day, our ability will only increase when we give things a go, this is when we close the gap between where we are and where we want to be.

At the Arts Academy especially, I was surrounded by people who had been making art for three years and I was just getting started. I felt like a real beginner among young professionals. I was very hesitant to get the ball rolling. In the end I did make something, it was no-where near as good as what others had made. But I was closing my gap, between where I wanted to be and where I was. Taking little steps forward instead of standing still, because I didn’t want to be waiting for the rest of my life, this was as ready as I was ever going to be. I was on my way.

Below is a link to a beautifully designed video on the topic of things no-body tells beginners; it contains a very strong message about THE GAP by Ira Glass.

Anne Hospers doet een vrije afstudeeropdracht op het gebied van creative entrepreneurship in Rotterdam (waar ze is blijven plakken na haar minor). Zij is laatstejaars aan de opleiding Media, Informatie en Communicatie.