In the film, Jessica is a playwright who is racking up rejection letters and at the same time, teaching theatre to kids in New York City. When she takes her students on a weekend playwrighting retreat Upstate, Jessica gets to meet playwright Sarah Jones, one of her idols. In a real to life fan girl moment, Jessica tells her that she wants to be a playwright and gushes about how Sarah Jones has “made it” in the theatre and how someday, she hopes that she can finally arrive on the scene as well.
Rather than reveal the secret to the top or share some lifehack to hustling for your dream, Sarah Jones just smiles and says "You're doing it. This is it. There's kind of, not more to it than that."
I love this. I cannot tell you how much time I have spent worrying about if I’m actually doing it “right” or “enough” instead of just doing what it is I love to do.
Are you writing? You’re a writer.
Do you act? You’re an actor.
Love to sing? You’re a singer.
Can’t get through a day without dancing? You’re a dancer.
We get too caught up in believing there’s a secret to getting recognized as the creative that we already are. We spend too much time wishing for the world to recognize who we really are. We withhold our own approval of ourselves from ourselves and cause ourselves to suffer so much.
What do you love to do? Do it and know that you’re doing it, and that that’s the only secret that there is.