“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
-William Shakespeare, Hamlet
I’ve read Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet and Othello- but none of these have ever come close to my new found love for Hamlet. Maybe it’s because I can relate to the ill-fated protagonist, Prince Hamlet, who no one seems to understand. While I can’t say I’ve had a close encounter with my father’s ghost, and plan to enact revenge on a murderous uncle, there are still certain parallels between our personalities. Just like Hamlet, I think too much. Decision making is a lengthy process for me, as it is for Hamlet, because I consider every option, as well as their benefits or consequences. I am that hopeless daydreamer who will occasionally zone out in conversation because I noticed a tree that has striking red and gold leaves. Of course, as seen in Hamlet, over thinking has its disadvantages. Sometimes taking action is a much better route to success, especially if you’re plotting murder. But in the end, I think it’s good to practice a healthy mix of both introspection and action. After all, rash and hasty decisions will not get you very far either.
As an artist, my greatest challenge is overcoming the blank canvas. There are so many options for a new piece of artwork how can I possibly choose just one? Like Hamlet, I struggle everyday with my inner critic/philosopher. By thinking about everything, sometimes I fail to accomplish anything at all. By utilizing that healthy mix- the sweet spot between an idea and making the idea a reality- I succeed in creating a great piece of artwork.