The Everyday Adventure: Progress.
Confession: I've felt perpetually uninspired.
I feel like I used to see meaning in everything. I'd constantly type words and thoughts into my phone or jot lessons learned into notebooks. And sometime in the past year or so, I started feeling like I had nothing to say. The spontaneous writing happened less. When I sat down to write, I felt a little empty.
It was hard to call myself a writer because I never wrote. At least not consistently.
But something about the past few weeks has been refreshing. I began to ask myself: Why do I feel uninspired? What circumstances make me feel creative? What would it take to feel that way again?
I realized there were things I needed to cut out and structure I needed to add in. I agreed to the Write 31 Days challenge because I needed discipline, a goal, something that forced me to do the thing I claim I love.
And I decided to make it about adventure because I realized this:
I needed to start engaging in the life happening around me if I was ever going to be energized to create.
When you stop trying so hard and fighting so hard, and just awaken to whatever is happening right now, I think you get filled up with life and that's the stuff our art is made of.
If you're feeling uninspired in your art, if you feel like you've neglected your craft, I urge you to find ways to clear the clutter from your mind and be more present for a few moments each day.
Be in the conversation. Listen. Look around. Ask questions. Stop to say hi.
I'm still learning this. It's a balance. There are days that I've tuned everything out because I'm in my own head or that I'm too attached to my phone because I'm busy doing something else.
I sometimes see idle time as unproductive because there's much to do and never enough time. I'm always thinking about something else I could or should be doing.
And I'm trying to shift my view. I'm trying to be open to those moments, to see them as fuel for the things I need to do, fuel for my creativity and my art and my making.
If anything, it makes me slow down and observe more. It makes me pay attention.
And honestly, I feel a lot more full. I sit down to write and that emptiness is gone.
My heart fills lighter and a little more free. And I'd say that's the goal.