Have you ever heard those little voices in your head and realized they weren't yours? They're tidbits of 'advice' you pick up here and there, designed to make you feel bad about yourself, the direction you're headed, and the choices you've made. They might wear the mask of guidance or friendship, or professional comradery, but when you get them in the light, they reveal themselves for what they are: bullies, designed to tear you down as they build others up. They remind me of spellcheck or grammar check in Microsoft Word, and just like these, you can turn them off. You know how to write. You know the rules. Now write what you want, how you want. Draw what you want. Live how you want. The chance doesn't come around again.
This post didn't come from out of the blue. It's just another reminder, to myself and to you. All of you. Get away from the voices that aren't yours so that you can hear yourself better. Get quiet, get alone, and get back to who you are when those voices aren't badgering you.