My dad is visiting from Florida this month, and like many handy fathers, generously spends his time fixing things around the house.
One of his projects was to fix the door leading into the garage. The seal was falling off and the door wasn’t shutting properly, which was a big PITA.
So Dad got to work. After an hour or so of banging, clanking, and scraping, I heard the door shut smoothly, followed by a long sigh and this nugget-of-wisdom:
“Still sucks. But it’s better than it was.”
I burst out laughing. Like many fathers, my dad is notorious for zingers. This one struck me as particularly relevant to writers and artists.
To me, the mantra of “Still sucks. But it’s better” is a snappy equivalent to the popular credo of “Done is better than perfect.”
Plus, it acknowledges the inevitable reality that for many artists, we’re never really satisfied with our work. But at least it’s better.
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