What does it mean, to be in-progress? Isn’t that the Coles Notes of life? At its most basic aren’t we all ‘in-progress’? The human condition is one of being eternally in-progress.
So, if we’re always in-progress, do we get to say we’re done? As an Artist if progression equates to being ‘in-progress’, to then identify a project as finished and uttering those words ‘I’m done’ is a bit of a misnomer. I have yet to finish a project that has turned out exactly as planned, as envisioned. The project isn’t done; the project-maker is.
So, does that mean I haven’t been successful and by extension does that make me, or the project, a failure? Maybe, at some level. However, I choose to say that I experience successful-failures because I am, after all, ‘in-progress’. I evaluate what worked, what didn’t and why. Determine if I want to try again (in part/as a whole) or go on to the next inspiration. All the while momentum pushes me along to the next project.
I would hope that my skills progress. I would hope that my understanding of myself progresses. But the beauty of being ‘in-progress’ is that there is always tomorrow to take things a little further, to dig a little deeper, or push a little harder.
For me progression isn’t about completion and and all the stuff related to being done. It’s about the physical act of being ‘in-progress’.