Kleon’s “Show Your Work” really elicits a sigh of relief, and particularly from college students. Perhaps we are the most acutely aware of our being unqualified for “real world success.”
This is the first time I’ve ever been encouraged to embrace my amateur-ness, and that, for one, is an assignment I feel fully capable of doing. I’m an amateur. I’m a dreamer deep down and a recovering perfectionist, and those two qualities want to cancel the other out.
I often refer to myself as an amateur guitar player. I love guitar. I have always loved music and singing, and always wanted to be able to play an instrument to accompany my singing. I tried piano, but I didn’t love it. When I was fifteen, I taught myself to play guitar on a $30 eBay guitar, and that’s when I fell in love.
For my sixteenth birthday I was given the most beautiful Seagull acoustic guitar, and since then I’ve been playing. Particularly over the past year I’ve had the privilege to lead worship at a few local churches, amateur-ness and all. There’s nothing I love more.