You don’t have to be The Best for your creative (or otherwise) contributions to be valid, important, and loved.
The work you put out doesn’t always have to be your masterpiece.
By setting your standards too high you miss out on so much. By not sharing your work you hide yourself away from your community and potential friends, peers, and audiences. You may very well just create your masterpiece one day, but let’s be real: who is going to care if you’ve never shared your work before? What makes you matter? I’ll tell you: it’s your vision. Your art. You need to share it to be somebody.
If no one is invested in what you have to share then you may very well create the greatest thing of your life only to find there’s no one there to appreciate it. Hiding your creativity away, confining it to the realms of privacy (or the rubbish bin) is a direct attack on yourself. It stunts you and your creativity. You cannot grow if your creative self exists solely in the vacuum of your own mind.
The purpose of creative endeavour is to share the way you see and make sense of the world with others. The creation is only one half of the equation, the other half relies on what you then release into the world. Art creates meaning, not just for ourselves, but for all of us as a whole. It’s okay not to be the best, because if you have a creative disposition you need to be creating to be fully alive. By cutting yourself off, being too harsh, and not allowing your creativity the space to just shine through exactly as it is you are hurting yourself. You are not being true to who you are. You are trying to live as your future self instead of as who you are now, and that’s not healthy for you or your creativity.
So let go. Create. Share. Let people connect with your vision. Give people the privilege of watching you grow. Show one person. Then two. Then three. Then more. Be who you are today, because that is enough. More than enough. Be brutally honest. You will grow. I promise.