Be the first to enjoy it

In a world in which we share—our photos, our thoughts, the status of our lives and minds—we may picture our creations under the gaze of crowds. Before we’ve even made the thing, we can conjure fans, followers, critics and trolls voicing opinions, both enthusiastic and merciless.

Let all those imaginary people go. No matter how many eventually experience this thing you’re making, the first person to see it will always be you.

Take the photograph you want to see.
Write the book you wish you could read.
Paint the painting as if for your very own wall.