Beginning any worthwhile endeavor is scary. You consume every how-to content but the motivation to start is always so elusive. Here’s some quotes to help.
Quotes for Beginnings
“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. The hunt to uncover those jewels — that’s creative living. The courage to go on that hunt in the first place — that’s what separates a mundane existence from a more enchanted one.”
– Liz Gilbert, Big Magic
You can only do it your own unique way.
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will neever exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”
– Martha Graham
Strengthen your mind.
“Develop intellectual courage, the courage to stand alone, the courage to reach farther than your grasp, the courage to risk failure. Move from the desire for safety and approval to that of the most ‘unfeminine’ quality of all — that of intellectual arrogance, the supreme hubris which asserts itself the right to reorder the world. The hubris of the god-makers, the hubris of the male system builders.”
– Gerda Lerner, The Creation of Patriarchy
Dig down into yourself for why you must do it.
“Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody. There is only one way. Go into yourself. Examine the reason that bids you to write; check whether it reaches its roots into the deepest region of your heart, admit to yourself whether you would die if it should be denied you to write. This above all: ask yourself in your night’s quietest hour: must I write? Dig down into yourself for a deep answer. And if it should be affirmative, if it is given to you to respond to this serious question with a loud and simple ‘I must’, then construct your life according to this necessity; your life right into its most inconsequential and slightest hour must become a sign and witness of this urge.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
Don’t start perfect.
“Ideas don’t come out fully formed. They only become clearer as you work on them. You just have to get started.”
– Mark Zuckerberg, Harvard University commencement address
I watch this video every time I begin something
I hope this inspires you to start doing what you’ve been putting off for a while. Let me know what your project is and how I can help, on the comments below.
Author: Pia Besmonte
Pia Besmonte is a poet, literature teacher, and author based in the Philippines. She wrote “Manic Pixie Depressive Gremlin”, a collection of poems on mental health awareness and empowerment for millennial Filipinas. She loves to paint, sing, watch films, and take care of her family, Team BLG.