And another that absorbs the beauty of the world through my pores. Another that is open and alive and invigorated by this cold, stark beauty. I'm at the kitchen table with a cold face, rosy cheeks, a bowl of mandarin oranges, some tea, and I've just witnessed the sun rise over a cloudless pale blue sky, streaked with pink, the naked trees silhouetted against it, and the birds singing euphorically. There is one field, a huge one - the Jane Austen field - which looks down over a perfect red brick Regency house and its accompanying hamlet, and beyond, to the West Berkshire downs, dotted with sheep. The ground was crisp with hoar frost, but springy, and the dogs ran about gleefully, and I thought, this isn't new. I've known about this since I was a child. I thought it was a secret, this needed to be reconnected with the earth, this perfect fibonacci sequence of interlocking bits which perfectly link to the next and come back to the first. The other is you. Yes. And everything is connected. Yes. And every day is an ephiphany and the birds sing to praise the new day. New bits of hope form overnight; a new snowdrop, some catkins, a budding branch. After the dead, unmoving, still Winter, there are signs of Spring.
Listen, I'd read this and roll my eyes too. I sound so damn smug! But I wanted to record it. I wanted to remind myself the importance of getting out in it early, of believing that an optimistic view of the world will actual enhance creativity and productivity.
Believe me, like you, I struggle every day with this stuff. It's a choice. You have choose to swat the negativity away...they're just annoying little flies. And everyone suffers from impostor syndrome. Everyone. You have to believe in yourself and move forward, one foot at a time, trying to make the right decisions, in the most thoughtful and rigorous way that you are able. That's all you can do. Inform yourself, look at everything that is presented, and trust in yourself to do the right thing.