I’ve always been told that what I do is so easy, that it barely even qualifies as work.
And I’ve always wondered why people think writing or painting are easy things to do because these are skills that demand a level of perfection, much like anything else. Today, after a particularly frustrating session while working on my project, I realized that not a lot of people would know all the hoops I had to jump to make it happen. Of course, it’s not like I can talk about it to anyone except my family and my closest friends, but it still makes me wonder how much hard work goes unnoticed simply because there is so much that remains unknown.
I don’t think people understand how much doing something you love can wear you down because you’re so focused on getting the best results. It’s really never as easy as it seems. When you love doing something, you immerse yourself in it and do everything in your power to make it the best you possibly can. It is bound to take a toll on your mind because there is just so much thinking involved there, not to mention the actual amount of work that goes into it. But on the surface, it just looks like doing something you’re already good at; to the people who don’t know what exactly your work is like up close, it might look like what you’re doing takes no effort at all.
My point is, you’re allowed to feel worn out from all the hard work you’ve been putting into something. You can’t really help how your mind reacts to all effort. And if something doesn’t go right, you are definitely not over-reacting by being frustrated about it because nobody but you knows how work has gone into a certain project, even if it might seem deceptively easy. It is not.
Give yourself some more credit for all the work you’ve been putting in. Xx