A couple months ago I wrote a post about being in a rut. I posted it and it was super relevant then, but the thing is, it’s always relevant for me and I’m sure for other people as well. So without further ado, here it is, edited and re-posted for today’s Monday Motivation: “Ever Been In A Rut?”
Recently, I’ve been in a rut… again. I’ve been starting things that I’m not finishing, losing interest in most things, waking up in the middle of the night and sleeping until the middle of the day when I can; even despite my recent productivity, I still haven’t felt like doing anything. The thing is though, this is just kind of how my condition works for me. Sometimes I’m really inspired and on top of my game. I can be productive and come up with piece after piece after piece for a while; a couple days usually, but one time I made it through a full month. I was happy that month; life was kicking my ass, but love kept me happy.
The true issue is my bad days. Everybody has them, but nobody ever really talks about them. My bad days come and sweep me off my feet. There are days that get so bad that I don’t want to get out of the bed, I don’t want to talk and I don’t want to be bothered. Some days, I have to call out of work. There are days that I don’t get out of the bed and I forget to eat. When I have bad days, they’re not just bad, they are horrible. Horrible days make for horrible feelings, horrible work ethic and horribly produced work.
The thing that keeps me going is knowing that ruts don’t last. Personally, I have a support system. They don’t know everything going on, but they’re always there. They love me and push me and worry about me even when I forget to do it myself. I have a support system, and even though I try not to reach out too often, they’re there. I couldn’t imagine not having that, but I know that everyone doesn’t have that.
I have a friend that I can call for motivation and someone I can call for when I’m feeling crazy and someone I can call when I just need to laugh. I do understand that I don’t necessarily have a very large audience right now, but I know I can’t be the only person that has these tendencies the way that I have them. I know I’m not the only person that needs some external motivation when things get bad. So for anyone that may need it, here it is.
Everyday that you wake up, take baby steps. You have a dream. It may be just getting through that day, but whatever the dream is, take small steps. I have a dream that is so huge that I often feel overwhelmed or drowning in self expectations. I don’t know how to get to it my dream, I just see myself there. So when I wake up in the morning, I brush my teeth, I let my dog out, I make my bed everyday. I take each one of those things as a win, as a step forward. I’m so excited that I’ve gotten to the point that I remember to eat more than once everyday. Before the end of the day, it’s been a success if I could muster up the will to wash the dishes. That’s how I get through the bad days, and the good. That is my advice. It’s advice that we all know and that we’ve all heard, but some of us need to hear it more often and from different sources.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you get through your days? Start by making your bed. And surround yourself by people that can remind you of these things when you don’t have the strength to remind yourself.
On this Monday, the start of this week, let’s try to be the person that encourages our friends. Let’s try to reach out and check on people that we haven’t talked to lately. Let’s uplift others. And if you don’t have it in you to genuinely uplift anybody else this week, that’s okay; but remember to uplift yourself. Remember to take your baby steps, remember to take one bite at a time and have a great, safe, and blessed week.