A friend and I were talking about attending workshops and the feelings of insecurity that sometimes brings. She had just completed a workshop and was feeling that she didn't "measure up" to her classmates. I could relate to that. I have experienced those feelings in a workshop setting - that my work was not as good (whatever that means!) as the others'.
When I first started working in textiles, I had recently quit my corporate job and didn't have money to attend workshops. So I checked out every book my library had on dyeing and surface design. I scoured the Dharma Trading website and catalog for information. And I played. When my financial situation improved and I was able to attend a few workshops, I often felt like a beginner. I felt that my work was so amateurish compared to others in the class. I doubted whether I really was an artist.
It was a long road to the place where I feel more secure in who I am and where I am. (That doesn't mean I don't experience those feelings anymore - just not as much.) Why do we insist on comparing ourselves with others? Each of us is on
our own journey. We start in different places and take different paths. We are continually learning and growing. Each of us is an artist in training, going at our own pace.