That’s a line from the movie, Groundhog Day.
Austin Kleon says how you answer that question is your art.
Austin is a writer and artist with four books that I highly recommend to every creative I meet. They are both very inspiring. I loved his first book so much I bought multiple copies so I could give them to all of my creative friends.
And his thoughts on Groundhog Day resonated with me as I read his blog post. I’ve felt like Bill Murray in the movie quite a bit in life, where every day just feels the same and you don’t feel like you are moving forward. When you are an artist or writer, it’s the worst feeling in the world!
When it comes to work in progress, I’m reminded of something comedian Bo Burnham once said after finishing up his Netflix special. After it was done and out there, fans were already asking him what he was going to do next. And he basically said, “Ummm…I just put everything I had into doing that! Can I take a break?”
As a writer, sure, I’d love to be at a point in my life where I was putting out a bestseller every year like Stephen King. But I’m a slow writer. I haven’t published anything since 2013, and none of my work is a bestseller.
As a comedian, sure, I’d love to be on SNL or Comedy Central or Netflix or writing for some sketch show, but I’ve only been doing this full time for a year now. I’m still putting in my time at open mics and I’m doing showcases.
I’m 41 and I don’t feel like I’ve reached success yet, but that’s okay. I’ll never stop creating. I’ll never stop trying.
Austin ends on these words: “The creative journey is not one in which at the end you wake up in some mythical, happy, foreign land. The creative journey is one in which you wake up every day, like Phil, with more work to do.”
And I’ve always enjoyed the journey. Sure, it get repetitive and mundane, but that’s definitely no reason to give up.