Now let me give you a situation that we have all faced, if not in this particular area in others like it. You see a video of a person, or an artist, rather, using a pen or pencil to sketch a simple subject. They talk about how detail and precise lines are not important, and proceed to outline something that looks like a week of effort on your part in a few simple strokes. The people trying to be as simple as possible by their standards have just danced a few circles round you, taken a short tour of Europe, and arrived back in time for tea. If this is not in any way relate able to you, then firstly wow - there are a ton of speed sketch and speed painting videos out there, and they are all over Facebook; do you live under a rock? I bet you don't even like Vine or Twitter either. Square. Anyways, two: If it is not familiar to you it is doubly so for me. I have come a long way in my drawing skills and still run into this every time I try to learn. It is disheartening, I know it is. It feels easy to count yourself out after one try because it ended up looking like a dead rabbit next to an old piece of driftwood, and that sucks unless that really is what you are drawing, in which case Bravo that dead rabbit looks amazing, how did you do that?
Somewhere in the back of your mind, you know that this is the first step to an indispensable skill, but the reason that the first step knocks you down so hard and makes it so hard to get back up is the realization that this will take a really terribly long time. That time holds weight in your mind, it is very valuable and you instinctively protect it, but it is worth it. So here is how you actually get back up, not think about getting back up or want to really really bad, but actually do it: reward yourself in your mind and physically when you make a bad drawing. Once you see it and think "Wow this is bad" tell yourself that this is one more crumpled up piece of paper on the pile that any good artist climbs over and leaves behind. If you write a song and feel like any single other person could have written the same thing chalk it down as one of the 200 ways Edison got the light bulb wrong first and go get some chocolate or whatever you are into. Failure is essential. It will happen. That doesn't mean it has to be a bad thing. Make your body think that it is a good thing.
And one more thing. Traditions are always started with one post, phrases with one person. The only thing that gives an object sentimental value is time. If you want to have something special going in a year or running inside jokes and strong friendships, they have to start right now. So go ahead try and start something. Then try again. Who knows, maybe number five will be magic.