Although I suppose it would be nice to have work as a creative be stress, tension, and conflict free, my colleague Carl and I were talking today about how you can't make great art without stress, tension, and conflict. It's because all great art has tension and a good number of other hard to think about things that are a part of its process of being made and shared.
Which is why I—and possibly you—need to start telling myself at the start of every day:
If you're looking for paint by numbers, then don't come here. This is splatters and spills on a canvas. If messy humans want to create art that moves and inspires people then those messy humans have to be willing to let a bit of that mess inside them out and let it spill onto or into the canvas they're working with.
Sure, it's scary. Sure, it's difficult. Sure, there are days when you'd rather maintain the status quo than push at the boundaries we build around ourselves, but it's best to make a mess. Because great messes make great art. So go out and make a mess.