The name Itldo, was thought up whilst having a general conversation with a University friend who suggested that I should ”just use a blog”, for presenting some work online, which I did…

I cant remember my friends suggestion (which I think was better), but I settled on Itldo… because that’s what I thought, that it would do. I had high expectations of what I could achieve at that time...

 

Some hearts understand each other, even in silence…

Yasmin Mogahed

Forgiveness.

The ability to forgive oneself. Stop here for a few breaths and think about this, because it is the key to making art and very possibly the key to finding any semblance of happiness in life. Every time I have set out to translate the book (or story, or hopelessly long essay) that exists in such brilliant detail on the big screen of my limbic system onto a piece of paper (which, let’s face it, was once a towering tree crowned with leaves and a home to birds), I grieve for my own lack of talent and intelligence. Every. Single. Time. Were I smarter, more gifted, I could pin down a closer facsimile of the wonders I see. I believe that, more than anything else, this grief of constantly having to face down our own inadequacies is what keeps people from being writers. Forgiveness, therefore, is key. I can’t write the book I want to write, but I can and will write the book I am capable of writing. Again and again throughout the course of my life I will forgive myself.