I've been thinking that my last post might have been a bit misleading. It isn't that someone criticized my work, it's more that I sometimes critique myself. I suppose everyone feels a bit insecure once in a while, even the cool people :)
While I do want to be successful, I am trying to do it by being faithful to who I am and how I see the world. So maybe that looks a lot different from what the cool and stylish people are doing. It doesn't mean that anyone is wrong or right in what they're creating. Trends are fickle, I suppose - maybe some people just got lucky when their ideas were the ones caught up by the main-stream. But I couldn't live with myself if I copied those ideas just to be successful. Besides, trends change too quickly for a copycat to keep up.
So what I'm good at is sort of rustic and cute, and what the main-stream thinks the thing to be is retro or weird or pastel or whatever... I believe enough people like who I am and what I do, that I can keep going for a while at least.
I also believe that life changes who you are. I'm sure my life will change a lot in the next few years. Perhaps that will change how I see the world, and so what I need to create will change too. That's a promise that things will stay interesting. The goal is happiness, right? Getting lucky doesn't have much to do with that, and I think I can be happy with the level of success I've achieved by just being myself.
P.S. I'm not really much of a philosopher, so my rambling thoughts might not make much sense. Thanks for listening, anyway :)