The other day I was thinking about donuts - Krispy Kreme donuts, to be exact. How they come in all shapes and sizes, some with lots of sprinkles and fancy patterns and others with just a thin layer of sugar glaze.
All in all, donuts are very nice and tasty, but my favourite one is definitely the Homer-Simpson styled donut. It’s got a thin layer of pink coloured icing topped with a butt-load of sprinkles. My other half really likes those extremely sickly donuts with all of the filling inside of it that I would rather take pictures of than ate. I can’t really understand why he likes them so much, but as long as he’s left my favourite one then I’m happy.
I then came to the conclusion that donuts are like people’s artistic tastes. Some like monochrome but others like those pieces that look as if someone threw up a rainbow all over it. But does that mean one is less worthy than the other? To the monochrome person the colourful painting might look like a disaster, and on the other end of the spectrum the monochrome could look too daunting.
At the end of the day, it’s all in the eye of the beholder. Which is why we shouldn’t take it to heart when someone says that they “don’t get your work”.
It’s soul-crushing, I know. Over time it’s very hard not to see all of the faults in your work when it’s constantly having fingers pointing out all of the things that they don’t like about it.
But just because one person doesn’t like your work doesn’t mean that it isn’t good enough or not worthy enough to be appreciated overall. Me not liking a certain donut doesn’t mean that it’s not a very good donut. Someone might very call the flavour that someone detests the one that another adores. The key thing is that you keep on going and creating and getting your work out there.
So donut doubt your self worth by what other people think.
Would you rather value their opinions, or yours?