Managing your own expectations is hard enough, but I find myself easily worn out and frustrated when I have friends and family complain to me about something that is out of my, or anyone’s control. I don’t know why I take this stuff so much to heart. It is probably not meant to be a complaint about me, but I have this internal fault that wants to solve all problems, so when they can’t, I get anxious and cannot function until it’s resolved.
The same goes with art. So many people want everything to be perfect before it goes out. I also want to put out the purest creation I can, but I’m not afraid to pull the trigger. Because of this people always assume I want to just rush things out, and that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I just don’t want to waste 2 years on something that should take 2 months. Nothing is perfect, and until you get it out there you can’t learn where you made your mistakes and how you can get better the next time.
The key for me is to remain patient and realize I am not in charge of fixing all problems. And for you, don’t be afraid to let it all hang out. Everyone’s a critic, but only a few of us are artists.