A quote I’ve passed a few times on social media in the past week is “you’re not tired, you’re uninspired.”
It resonates with me because I’ve been thinking about all the extra energy I had in high school and college. Being a part of numerous activities, studying, both working and taking classes, and running off of very little sleep. On top of that, I wrote and played music all the time.
Fast forward a few years, where all I really do is work and sleep, and yet I’m constantly exhausted. I don’t play music, I don’t write, and I always chalk it up to exhaustion, when it’s really lack of inspiration.
I’m not sure about you so I’ll continue to speak for myself, but as a child I found it easier to get inspired because the world was my oyster. There was no end to my dreams and plans that I made for my future.
The older I get, the smaller the world gets, the less opportunities I see in front of me, and the less I feel it’s worth it to spend time, for example, working on an album that only myself and a few friends will hear.
So the challenge, then, is to figure out what inspires me now.
What inspires you? What keeps you going? I hear people talk about not loving their jobs but pushing through for responsibilities and rent – but let’s go beyond that.
What makes you go to that exercise class after a long work day? What gives you the energy to stay up reading or writing when you really want 8 hours of sleep?
I love the message of today’s Shine. Instead of feeling guilty when you’re jealous of someone else, explore it. Why do you feel that way? Why do you want what they have? How can you work for it in your own life?
If you were born with the weakness to fall, you were born with the strength to rise.
Just a reminder that I am in your corner rooting for your success 😊
Sometimes we can’t see it, that doesn’t mean it’s not there.
You’re doing fine, you’re exactly where you need to be.
It’s so easy to get discouraged when people don’t believe in us or when we feel like we’re not “progressing.”
When things get tough, remember why you started them.
Prove the haters wrong. You’ve got this!
We’re halfway through the week, so I invite you to take a moment and celebrate what you’ve already accomplished.
That task at work. Getting to the office 2 days in a row. The first paragraph of that paper. Cooking a healthy meal instead of ordering pizza. Going for a run. Doing anything active.
YOU did that.
You’re awesome 😊
My favorite Taylor Swift lyric is “we’re happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time. It’s miserable and magical.”
I love it because of the accuracy.
Some people say it’s impossible to feel conflicting emotions at the same time, but it’s very possible.
You can feel happy despite receiving bad news. Free although your boss/teacher/parent makes many of your decisions. Confused even when you’re following an explicit set of instructions. Lonely when surrounded by people.
It sucks. It’s…miserable.
But also magical.
Because you’re human. And you’re able to feel things. Many things. How many creatures are this complex? Our brains are magical.
Sometimes you feel all the things. At the same time. And that’s totally okay. You’re not crazy. You’re human.
Embrace everything today. Let it all in. Take deep breaths. You’re still here for a reason. 😊
Woke up sad today. Put on that new Bieber jam and danced around the apartment while getting ready. Did WONDERS for my mood – try it!
Happy Monday, friends!