Can you stop trying so hard? [220]

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This week’s solo episode finds Louise musing on a quote from the writer Cheryl Strayed, who describes how she found her way with her writing. Instead of trying to write an amazing book, she says she simply “surrendered to the idea of my mediocrity” and then started writing anyway. This phrase seems to capture so much of what it means to be an artist. If we stop striving to be better than we currently are, we are free to experiment and play and find our way. In the process, we may create something better than we ever thought possible.

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Cheryl Strayed⁠

⁠Cheryl Strayed quote in full

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