Cut The Crap
Today marks the first day of the last week of my self-imposed, others-inspired, 1000 word daily writing quota.
Next Monday, things will change a slight bit. I’m still gonna be writing and publishing as often as I currently do, but I’ll be freeing myself of any rules or requirements.
After this week, I’m gonna let it all loose regardless of length. This way, I believe I’ll be more relaxed and the creativity will flow more freely.
Let me tell you why.
Because I’m free-spirited, I don’t enjoy being restricted by anything, and I would much rather do things on my own terms and conditions — which are none!
I only decided to accept this writing quota challenge because of a recommendation by a fellow writer/mentor and so I could prove to myself that I am a real writer (whatever the fuck that means). Plus, I had to reassure myself that I could do anything I put my mind to.
And let me tell you; so far, so good.
I’m passing this little test with flying colors. I ran into some difficulties some days and lacked motivation on others, but these issues were relatively minuscule compared to the crises that have previously tested my mental brawn.
I anticipate this final stretch to be smooth sailing, but who really knows. Life is unexpected like that, so I gotta prepare myself for whatever may possibly come my way.
But anyways, back to the topic at hand. Sorry for getting side-tracked.
Conducting this experiment has helped me grow as a writer and person, but I don’t think it’ll work for me long-term. It has also reminded me that sometimes less is more.
In my case, I believe everything flows smoother when I’m not constantly checking the word-count or avoiding the use of contractions just so I can hit that word quota faster.
Sometimes, I noticed that I was rambling and adding unnecessary words just to “beef up” my writing. While those additional words did inflate my writing up to the ideal size, they diluted the meaning, clarity, and purpose of my message.
Even though they fulfilled their aesthetic role perfectly, these crappy words were more detrimental than beneficial.
So here’s a warning to my beloved fellow humans: we should be careful and mindful of all the crap in our lives, too much and harm will be done.
A Little Crap Is Okay
Just like with our bodies, you need shit to survive (no pun intended).
It goes without saying that we all want that perfect beach body, the ability to put together magical words that can seem to mesmerize anybody, be able to mend any broken heart, and uplift any broken spirit.
But in order to possess these wonderful traits, we must endure, learn and grow from, and dispose of certain crap in our lives.
A little crap is A-Okay!
Regardless of the amount of crap you choose to integrate into your life, just ensure that it’s manageable.
Perhaps you’re comfortable dealing with a lot of shit in your life. To you, it’s normal and you’re happy and healthy. Some prefer as little crap as possible. They deal with as little shit as possible and also function just fine and are also as happy and healthy as can be.
Whatever you do, just ensure that there is enough crap to support whatever it is you’re attempting. As long as the shit is there, feel free to experiment and determine how much (or little) shit you wish to deal with.
If you didn’t already know, I am mainly referring to shit people deal with and the crap that is in people’s writing in this article (honestly, after rereading and editing everything, I don’t even know what I’m trying to say anymore lol). I don’t know what other kinds of crap exists but I’m certain the same basic principles will apply.
Although few people are able to achieve and maintain their ideal levels of shit that they deal with, it’s importance should not be overlooked.
Sure, you may have a lot of work to do before reaching that ideal internal shit level, but that doesn’t mean you should ever be discouraged or disheartened about where you are in your journey.
Instead of looking at how far you still need to reach your destination, look at how far you’ve already come.
Nobody on this planet got to their ideal levels of shit by not working their ass off.
For some, that may mean strict dieting, exercising, and a shit load of healthy habits. Or it could also mean easing the standard on which you view yourself and others.
For others, it may mean cutting the unnecessary usage of the word ‘that,’ writing in a more succinct, direct tone, or even reading more. Maybe not being so tough on yourself will help alleviate the pain.
In either context, perfection will never be achieved.
Just do what you can to be the best version of yourself.
Remember: we all get what we tolerate.
Healthy Body, Mind, And Spirit
I’m a pretty big advocate that your happiness is more important than your net worth.
Don’t get me wrong, your money and finances and those things are very important. Just not as important as your happiness. And in order to achieve true happiness and fulfillment, what do you need to do?
You need to moderate the amount of shit you allow to be in your life.
Let’s get real for a second. It’s excruciatingly easy to find out your shit tolerance. If you consume a lot of crap and are okay with it, well, you need to get real with yourself and learn how to balance that shit so your life can be in equilibrium.
Because isn’t a balanced and stable life what most people strive for?
Even though my life is still far from being where I would like it to be, I know that it’s heading in the right direction. I’m happy and excited for what the future brings.
There’s still a shitload of work left to be done but I can honestly say that I look forward to the challenge. The load that I’m carrying is much lighter and more pleasant to haul around. This is because everyday, I’m getting better at cutting bad shit out.
I will never reach that perfect level of crap which I am fine with, but as long as I’m happy and have enough to keep moving forward, I’m more than good, I’m great!
WOW…IT’S LIKE THIS ARTICLE GOT STRUCK BY A TORNADO AND GOT ITS FUNCTIONALITY, ORDER, MAKE-SENSIBILITY KNOCKED WAY OUT OF WHACK…
SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I TALK TOO MUCH ABOUT ‘SHIT’ AND KEEP RAMBLING ON AND ON TO FILL MY QUOTA?
YOU GET MORE SHIT.
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