Reposted here from my journal, because so many wanted the option of faving it. I also fixed a couple of noticeable grammatical errors and reworded a couple of bits that were too rough. Added a couple of lines that should have been in there before.
I wrote this as a form of catharsis, initially. I was thinking of all the advice I've gotten over the years about art--although this applies to a lot of other disciplines as well--and thinking about all the things no one ever told me.
Although I suppose, like it says, even if they had I'd do it anyway.