The Original

Many times I believe we as humans are to harsh on ourselves. Nothing we will ever do is good enough… We measure our progress based on the actions of our betters instead of actually viewing how much we have truly gained since we began.

I’ve done illustrations for a few years now, not professionally but as a side hobby and I will be the first to admit that I have spent time looking at the art of others and thinking ‘Why can’t mine look like that?’. 03light



Well today I stumbled upon a drawing I did when I was in 6th grade (around the time I decided I wanted to be an artist) and when I look at where I was then to how I’ve grown as a person now… there really is a measurable distance. 1love_finished

There will always be those better than us. Strive to be the best but also don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back every once in a while. You deserve it!



About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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One Response to The Original

  1. Lexa Cain says:

    You are so right about this. It’s too easy to compare yourself to others and feel bad or to get mad. (I’m usually “Why is this crap getting pubbed by big houses and no one pays attention to my stuff??”) Those negative attitudes only hurt in the long run. I should just feel lucky to be happy with what I create and the freedom to do as I please. Have a great weekend!

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