nigelninja11 wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:27 pm
The reason I said that is I constantly feel one upped by people who have better picture taking ability/building skill.
It was honestly a moment of weakness and heaps of self pity.
I know I don’t have the reasonable selection of bricks, and patience is iffy. I also feel like my time is limited when it really isn’t. I get that I can get better, but in this instance I think I was just aggravated. Typically contest losses don’t bother me, but this one did. Even I don’t understand.
It did help that Schlub said I was second.
I guess this contest loss didn’t bother me as bad as the time I entered a mech building contest, got a staff pick on my entry, and I didn’t even get honorable mentions. That drove me nuts XD
I don't blame you one bit.
One of the pitfalls of any hobby is the desire to show the world how creative or "good" you are and hope to be validated, only to have someone be "from a civilization millions of years ahead if you" showing you how it's done.
It's definitely discouraging when you see things not only being done that you "suddenly had an epiphany to do", but done in a way you could only dream of or never even thought of.
And I've never been a fan of learning how other people do things, because it feels like copying homework. You're not learning your own way, you're just duplicating a process that someone somewhere came up with on their very own who's definitely a better person than I'll ever be, lol. But on the hand, I have to start somewhere, so even getting a glimpse of what people do is helpful.
You're seeing some of these people at the top of their game without seeing how much time and energy went in to getting there. And some people are just astoundingly talented without years of work.
The thing is, there's always going to be someone out there better. So you can either just slink back and give up (which I've honestly asked myself; what's the point? It's already been done and better than I could even begin to do), or you can do what you always have done to have fun and express yourself through your creativity and get better in the process.