Inspiration: Pushing Yourself
A lot of the things people like me and you do every day are usually done for a reason. Going to school to stay smart, or getting a job to make a living are just two examples of this. Essentially, most everything we do is for a reason.
I’ve been asked a few times by readers of my blog why I’m so dedicated to this, why I make the effort to share my writing twice a week. The ESSAYER isn’t for profit, and hasn’t ever been. In a day and age where people are concerned with their money before anything else, why is doing something just for fun actually worth it?
To me, writing is a pastime. Since I’m not even out of seventh grade yet, constantly and seriously writing outside of school isn’t something I have to worry about. However, in my opinion, that’s exactly what a pastime should be. A worry-free, simple, fun activity I do to escape the stress of academics. Everyone’s idea of it is different, but to me, writing for the ESSAYER embodies this perfectly.
I hope this doesn’t sound shallow in any way, but simply receiving praise can help a lot if you are struggling to keep a habit of writing every day. I find that asking anyone you know for feedback on your work is usually a good source of encouragement. The flip side of this equation goes for consumers, too. If you notice someone in the situation mentioned above, try telling them someone nice about what they made. Even one person appreciating what I do pushes me to do more, so why can’t it motivate anyone?
We have all been there: you finally come up with a great idea and manage to remember it. You put some time and effort into it for a little bit, but after a few weeks it starts to take up more and more time, and get so complicated that you aren’t motivated to work on it before. Even though I may seem like I have my act together nowadays, I used to have this exact same problem with almost everything I did. But now that those times are over, I can use my experiences to try and fix this problem. First, if the idea doesn’t have any significance besides just being something to do in my free time, I ask myself: Is this something that I’ll still have fun with after I start? and If I finish this project, will I want to do it again? If at least one of those questions is one I can answer “yes” to, then I’ll go ahead with the idea. Second, I’ll split the biggest steps I have to take into small “chunks”, so each big action feels as easy as every small one. Using this method, the project may seem to go slower, but I can assure you that one day you will get there.
Besides, when you think about it, most of the pastimes and hobbies I can think of can give you more knowledge, skill, and experience with the topic at hand. For example, woodwork. Creating cool-looking wood objects with a hammer, saw, and some nails may seem pointless, but unless you consider yourself the “master of all woodwork”, learning something, just anything about it is easy at any skill level.
My message to you? Don’t worry about what you gain out of life so much. Everyone needs to have fun sometimes, but making the effort is key.
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