Put down your suit of armour.

Put down your suit of armour. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Put down your suit of armour. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

I caught up the other day with a friend and was talking about all my plans for the coming year.

I told her of both my excitement to be making lots of new things and about my fear of being rejected. And how this fear really slows me down.

At the end of the conversation I asked if she had any advice for me. She said:

“Put down your suit of armour Luke. It’s going to be ok.”

She went on to explain that even if the things I make are terrible and no one wants them I am still going to be me and that’s all that matters.

Essentially the message was that at the middle of all this, when you strip away my art practice, money, popularity, everything, at the middle of this is me and I have to know this well enough to not be scared of losing all the other stuff.

It reminds me of a realisation that a student of mine once had for themselves…

“I am enough.”

I think I could do with a bit more of this in my every day.



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