We all want to feel excited and hopeful for the future, but sometimes we slide into a rut, and the world seems a lot less sparkly and interesting.
I’ve struggled my whole life with clinical depression, which means not only ruts but some seriously low times.
I manage it a lot better now, aided by Zoloft and regular check-ins with an outstanding therapist, but it still rears its hideous head every so often. And even though it’s disheartening when it does, I’ve lived with it for so long that I’ve learned to make those awful times show up less frequently. Which is a good skill to cultivate, clinical depression or no.
This week I was muscling my way through a really bad day, trying to settle down to work, which I had a ton of, so after many wasted hours I told myself that for 15 minutes I would process some of the photos from the Ireland trip. That’s all I had to do, and after that I could go back to my misery. (Fun! Ugh.) Which is much like distracting a cranky baby with a toy, but I’m okay with that.
And you know what? It worked.
It snapped me out my unproductive, unhappy mood, and not only immersed me in that wonderful trip, it also reminded me that life wasn’t hopeless.
It was hope-full, because not only were there other trips to dream up, I could also share my photographs and make someone else’s day a little better, maybe even inspire them to dream up their own adventure. I remembered that I had something of value to offer others.
You do too.
Humans are creative beings at heart. I’m not just talking about the “artistic” stuff like songs or paintings, but knitted socks, letters to a friend, or home-baked bread. And if your gift is creating any of those things, my mailing address is on its way to you forthwith. 🙂
There might be nothing so satisfying as making something out of nothing, with only your two hands, heart, and soul.
Creating not only triggers a hit of happiness for you, it kicks you out of your rut and brings excitement and engagement back to your life. And as a bonus, sharing that thing you made will bring happiness to someone else. Maybe even a lot of someone elses.
So if you’re feeling like you’re in a rut, make something. It doesn’t have to be anything great or even anything you keep around. The simple act of creation is just for you, which is a very Zen thing, don’t you think? Living in the present moment, enjoying your glorious human self.
Remember my motto: Life is short, don’t wait.
Meaning that today you could outline the novel that’s stuck in your head. Make a new photograph in your yard. Cook up a perfect pan of mushroom lasagna. Or maybe you’ve dreamed of working for yourself, so you draft a plan on how to start easing your way out of your day job.
That’s what you’re here to do, and as I’ll say over and over again, the world needs your gifts. Plus – bonus! – it’ll keep you happier in the process. Everyone wins.
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