You could build a world in your mind, but it will take the help of countless others to make it real.
Your ideas are vicarious notions until you capture them on a blank canvass, page, or screen. You try to create without the influence of others, but this is impossible.
You persist, and the transference of impressions from your mind’s eye into physical senses begins with a stroke of ink, paint, code, or song, and suddenly they are real.
Subject to light and shadow, some will find beauty and wonder – some will see darkness and hate. It’s no longer yours completely, and like a child developing autonomy, this is bittersweet yet good.
Others will join in, trying to improve, grow, and capitalize on your work for their own personal motivations, of which you have little control.
An ecosystem can form around your initial vision. Industries can grow or shrink because of it, but only if you begin.
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