This past weekend I went to the farmer’s market to get my fruits and vegetables. The drive there is about half and hour; however, the roads we take have a bit of a country view. I can easily drive three minutes to one of the three nearby supermarkets, but there is a reason for the monthly drive to the farmers market, well, maybe more than one.
The first reason is that the fruits and vegetables come from local farms and this supports the local economy. The second reason is that the fruits and veggies taste so much better and are bigger than the ones bought at the supermarket. The third reason, is that I save money as well. I can pay $3 for a whole basket of Jersey tomatoes or I can go to the nearest supermarket and pay $4.99 for three small tomatoes in a pack. I spent $28.00 in fruits and veggies that will last our household (me and my husband) for a whole month, maybe more. Cutting and freezing is part of the weekend as well. In addition, we enjoy this trip. For now, this will do; once we move out-of-state we will be growing our own food and farming.
This got me thinking. It matters where I get my vegetables, and the same principle can be applied to … my inspiration, my knowledge, my learning, my advice. Where or from who do you get inspiration, knowledge, advice …? Just as it may be more convenient to get my vegetables at the nearest supermarket – a 3 minute drive – I may also be getting a fruit or veggie that is of less quality, lacks in flavor, and does not give me all that I am looking for or expecting.
As beginning artists or writers, we must mind where we get our feedback, education/learning, and inspiration. The wrong advice or ill comment can take the flavor of our work and leave a sour spirit. In the end, shortcuts may make your journey much longer.