There was a time not too long ago when I complained so much my entire family called me out. I had started to believe all the untrue stories my mind had created over the years. I was depressed, so much so, I refused to get out of bed for weeks sometimes and living a life that did not make me happy. (FYI depression is real. I have experienced it personally and I'm not ashamed to call myself a depression survivor. Don't hesitate to ask for help. Mental health is extremely important.) I went searching for answers -- and turned it around.
I’m going to do my best and address this topic anyway because I’ve gotten so many requests to broach this subject. Which makes me realize that there are so many people out there walking around, passion-less. Read that sentence over again if you have to. And then you will understand exactly where I’m going with this post. I have written about growth mindset and how passion maybe, "maybe" a myth. You can read it here - Finding your passion is a myth? As the New year is upon us, and the fear of setting goals and resolutions and starting new and wonderful seems all right, we all know something happens around the year and we fail to stick to our so-called "passions." While I'm in total support of keeping a diary and a planner for the year, I know for once that we need to learn to forgive ourselves for accepting ourselves completely. There is an immense power in self-acceptance. I had to write this topic as a quick reminder check for 2019!
The other day I received an email regarding an advice on writing. The girl said, "I love to read and write so much. I just don't understand what happens when I sit down to write. It's like a huge wall of frustration, I can't figure out how to beat my writer's block. Please, any advice is helpful." These were her exact words. I receive tonnes of messages daily and replying individually is becoming more difficult than ever, so instead, I decided to write a topic on this respective query. As we all know, writer's block isn't something unusual and every writer has to deal with this frustration sometime during his writing/blogging/freelancing path. And, I've gathered some information about writer's block and what famous writers do about it. After all, we all love a dose of inspiration from the people we admire. Writer's block is for most people as it rears its unimaginative head when trying to come up with something marginally interesting to say in the third "sorry to hear you're leaving" card passed around the office in under an hour. For authors, of course, it's a bigger deal. As such, they're probably best placed to tell us how to get over it...
It’s not enough to believe in yourself if you can’t identify the one thing you were born to do. It follows that person who loves what they do also love a unique, valuable part of themselves. And surround themselves with others who give them positive reinforcement. Lady Gaga is the epitome of someone who owns her talent. She has never been shy to share her songs, her words, and their meaning with her fans. But to the media she was baffling; they labeled her a sleaze. Excessively ambitious, Gaga faced criticism early on in her career, and like all innovators, she embraced the risks. Instead of giving up, she tried even harder.
Don’t wait for your inspiration to reveal itself to you – rather, start with something you like to do. Even if it’s not what’s making you money at the moment, it might someday, but it won’t ever make you money if you don’t even start. There are iterations to effort and the first ones are the least attractive. Try to fall in love as much as possible with the fact that you’re doing what you like to do which will feel inherently better than not doing it. That in itself is the passion.