Advice for the new year

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

— Neil Gaiman

I stumbled upon this Gaiman quote a couple of years ago and figured my final scheduled post of the year was a good time to share it. And it reminded me of the “Joy of Painting”.

For those of you that are familiar with the late American painter Bob Ross – who found his niche teaching relatively easy painting techniques (trowel, anyone?) on the public television program “The Joy of Painting” – you’ll recall that he often said that there was no such thing as mistakes when painting – only “happy accidents” that could be turned into something else.

It’s not bad advice for life either.

Have a very happy New Year ‘s Eve – whatever form of celebrating you do.


Bob Ross painting borrowed from a Real Clear article on Ross


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