Miring in Admiration

The pain of admiration, awareness, appreciation, and knowledge is understanding the beauty of something someone created, and realizing that you may never enjoy something of your own as much.

This is what I think when I read Kurt Vonnegut, or Philip K. Dick, or listen to the lyrics of Sean Nelson of Harvey Danger.

Listen to this post read by me as a podcast with bonus material


  1. For me, there’s the admiration I have for other creatives and I try to keep it apart from how I feel about my work. Still, comparisons come up. And I try to remind myself to instead compare my current to older work. There’s growth, and that helps in the whole thought process.

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    1. Absolutely, Dave! We can be inspired and aspire to be as great as what we appreciate, but even though it’s difficult a lot of the time to not compare ourselves to others, it’s best to only compare ourselves to ourselves. Couldn’t agree more.

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