I spent all of today trying to make a sketch for my best friend. And for the first time in a very long time, I feel like I truly took a break from writing. Not really, because here I am, writing again, in spite of telling myself that I wanted to take a proper break from writing. I genuinely cannot stay away from writing. I have been writing since before I even knew that I wanted to be a writer someday. But sometimes, even the very things that you love to do the most can take a toll on you.
For me, writing just happens to be one of those things. It’s not that I don’t want to write anymore, but I feel like I am lacking inspiration and for that very reason, I have been trying to spend as much time as I can away from my laptop for the last couple of days. It hasn’t been easy because it has become a routine. Writing has become a part of my life in many, many ways and it actually keeps me sane on most days, so I don’t really understand how I’m supposed to take a break from that.
But, the truth is that I have been ‘churning out a lot of content’, as one of my friends put it, and I agree. There are people who have been writing every single day for years at a time and I don’t know how I can ever touch the kind of dedication they have for their art if I am tired after just a year and a couple of months. I do realize that I have a long way to go and a lot of places to be and slacking off isn’t how I’m going to get myself up there.
Then again, we’re all just human. We have a limit and although we can push ourselves a little out of our limits, we have to understand that it will catch up to us at some point. As things are catching up to me right now. Even though I know it’s just a temporary setback, it feels like I’m not good enough as a writer anymore and I’m giving myself a hard time because of that, which I realize isn’t a healthy habit in any way whatsoever. Which is why I want I’m telling everyone to take a break when necessary.
I don’t know who it is that glorified the idea of working yourself out until you’re completely exhausted, but that isn’t healthy, and we need to unlearn that as quickly as possible. Hustling is important, but it’s not really worth it if it comes at the cost of our sanity.
So if your brain is short-circuiting at the sight of things that you love to do, it’s probably a sign that you need to take it easy for a while. We don’t want to lose talented people around here now, do we?
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