From time to time I have noticed everyone around me including myself getting stuck. What I mean by that is they get stuck in some sort of rut stopping them from what truly makes them happy they become so distracted with problems, work, stress ect. It takes over their happiness and while it can't rain forever it can very well take up valuable time that is never guaranteed you will get back.
With the new year ringing in soon I believe that it is so very important that we take the time out to first recognize ourselves slipping away from our passions and happiness, the things we do that keep us grounded. Those things whether it be art, reading, working out, any hobby that you feel whole while doing - that feeling of collectiveness for a moment in time out of our days and weeks is valuable and should be priority.
Having something for yourself to look forward to is a step in the right direction for your mental health and happiness. We owe it to ourselves to flip a switch on to a self motivating role as soon as we feel ourselves slip into our rut. Sometimes it is easier to wait until someone else digs you out of difficult times but ‘a someone’ might not always be available. Creating a healthy outlet and encouraging those around to motivate themselves to keep at it, is truly meaningful and worthwhile.
Whether it be uplifting music, podcasts, videos,(some Eric Thomas) ect. whatever it is that will help you bring yourself up quickly, just do it. Don't make excuses. Drive is something we have in all of us we just have to find it and hold onto it. Stay on top of our goals and continuously work towards making our dreams a reality.
Some things to always keep in mind:
1. Hard work and dedication pays off
2. Your hustle NEVER goes unnoticed - no matter what, those that are most important and see you for YOU will always see how hard you work and support you
3. Its okay to let go of toxic people and focus on yourself- you are all you have at the end of the day so do it for yourself no one else
This past month has been challenging for me, I have contemplated whether or not to continue to share my art or keep it to myself like I did in the beginning. After days of going back and forth in my head and almost giving up based off of practicalities from negative opinions, I decided to apply to several art opportunities and see what happened. I had to push myself to send out those applications at the time. Not expecting to hear anything back, this past week my art was reviewed and got invited to Chicago, Austin, Paris, and Austria. A gallery contacted me to place work in a museum and a pop up show interviewed me. Had I not pushed myself to get through my ‘rut’ quicker than normal I’d still be wondering and ‘stuck’.
These recent months have shown me just how important it is to value your time and make the most of every opportunity you get. To be thankful for the things I am able to do, no matter how simple.
"Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working."
- Pablo Picasso