A giant Husky dog on the top of a hill. Picture taken by author.

And make it into a regular thing. We have decided — yes, I confabulate with the Husky about future plans — to do this every week and document all of our trips. By the way, who the hell says “confabulate”? I’m also kidding about having discussions with my dog. I have enough of those during Zoom calls.

Back to the point…

Now that cities and countries are opening up, and us regular folk are allowed to go outside for our sanity again, I believe that we should all consider making long walks a vital part of our lives. …

One of life’s most fundamental decisions

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Narration by author

What I regret most about how I handled last year’s chaotic events is that I wasted a lot of time listening to clueless people and feeling unhappy due to immobilising despair.

How about you?

When you turned on your tv or radio, all everyone ever talked about was how dangerous the pandemic was, how it affected our countries and what we were restricted from doing.

There was no focus on boosting our immune systems or other endeavours to improve our health. The media shared which categories of people were most vulnerable and why. Yet, we didn’t hear…

At the root of hate lies confusion, pain and loneliness.

When you experience people spewing hate and dissonance, remember that there is hurt at the root of it. If you…

Value first, fans second, money third.

If you solely create content with an income in mind, you’re doing it wrong. The first thing you should think about is how your…

They will tell you it’s a waste of time until you start earning money.

People who’re not familiar with the artist’s life will define your talent and sanity by your level of income. Friends and family will do this as well, however wonderful and caring they might be in other areas.

You’re not receiving the support you crave because they don’t comprehend precisely how essential creativity and freedom are to you. Their view of the world is influenced — and sometimes limited — by whatever occupation they settled. Recognizing this can help mitigate your negative emotions.

Fulfill your duties as…

Great art is a mixture of bravery and ignorance.

You have to be brave enough to boldly pursue that which you want to achieve, with the right amount of ignorance…

Story matters most.

People need to feel something when they’re consuming your content. You also have to give your audience the reason why it matters early. When you order a…

Great work requires solitude.

Masters of their craft receive praise in public for what they strenuously cultivated for years in solitude. The audience doesn’t take part in the grind. They…

Finishing projects is what predominantly advances your skills.

The internet provides us with a plethora of resources for studying. We can hop from one course or teacher to the next — and that’s precisely what we do. Voluminous amounts of information overwhelm us. They cause self-doubt.

Meanwhile, we’re spending significantly more time on learning the tiniest details instead of sharpening our creative arsenal through producing. Successful creators and athletes insist that the most extensive progress emerges from doing. Yet, we convince ourselves to ‘wait until we’re good enough’.

Create →Finish →Release →Repeat.

You’ll learn more from ending numerous projects than you will from motionless tweaking just that one. Creativity is a muscle: For it to develop and amplify — like any other body part — it has to stay in motion. Have patience and push through failure. Shrug it off. The odds will come to be in your favor.

Be Mindful of the Game You’re Playing.

We all participate in various social, financial, mental and emotional games throughout our different life cycles. Some choose to actively invest in them…

Joren van Schaik

Writer, Cinematographer & Video Editor of “WOLVEFANG” on Youtube. We stand for Creativity, Courage, Focus & Performance— with a few rants.

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