Feel The Meh And Do It Anyway
“There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.”
Here’s the routine.
1) Wake up, stretch and smile 2) Breakfast 3) Answer e-mails & social media 4) Write 5) Exercise 6) Lunch 7) Answer e-mails & social media 8) Write some more 9) Do whatevs!
This is usually 8–12 hours of work. And I love it!
But this was “one of those days”, you know?
You get up, do your thing and still it’s all just “Blargh! I don’t wanna!!”. Yes, I can be a puking baby too.
This is my head today.
The thing is, that’s not really me doing the talking. It’s something we all carry around. The little bastard in our head. And I realize that, so I do a little poking around to see what it wants.
“Jeez, thou doth protest too much little fucker!” is my reaction. I take a look at the last time I recorded that feeling.
Hm, about 6 months ago. Coolness, it’s not that bad. Then comes the other little comment: “Well, that’s good. Two times in 6 months, maybe you should let it have its way?”
I’m sorry. Beyoncé says no.
“You just want to lay in bed, eat chips and watch ‘Click’? I understand.
You don’t want to answer those e-mails? I can see how frustrating that must be for you.
You feel like everything is useless? Totes relatable. What else are you feeling?”
– An excerpt from a dialogue with that funtastic companion of ours.
I’m willing to listen to the moaning, even comfort it and all of that. But to actually act on those feelings? Not gonna happen.
I know the results all too well. This is one of those few times “slippery slope” is an apt metaphore.
Instead of fighting it there’s only acceptance of what is. I’m sure it’ll affect my performance even if I try to not let it. So, let’s just roll with it.
This’ll probably not be the amazing post I’d like it to be.
Feel the meh and do it anyway.
I showed up, I did my thing and if that magical fairy dust isn’t scattered across my work today it’s alright.
All we have to do is to love the process so much so that a thing like “I ain’t feeling it, buddy” no longer stands in the way.
I actually got an e-mail that got me really pumped though. As a side benefit it also made me want to brush up on some Greek philosophy. Oh, joy!
Also, an idea for a tandem bathing suit popped up. So… There’s something patently stupid! Copyright 2015.
Just as I was about to post this I got distracted by an e-mail with the opportunity to do an interview. Wiieh! Alright, enough douchy bragging.
It kind of goes to show that we should listen to and validate that little inner mofo. But we should actively go against everything it suggests. While it feels like crap right now, we’ll end up thanking ourselves for it later.
How do you manage the days when you just ain’t feeling it?
Let me know in the comments and hit me up on Twitter.
Have a kick-ass ₢eative day!