Alright my fellow synapses, it’s that time again. Today I want to talk to you about something we all need to think about at some point in our lives. Enjoying life.
Most of us are busy living day to day, some are lucky enough to have the support and position to chase their dreams, and yet still, a lucky few have even achieved one dream and started chasing another. While surviving and chasing your dreams is always good, sometimes we need to do as the old wise man says, and stop to smell the roses, and if that’s not possible we can at least find away to relieve some of the stress.
I discovered a blog post a little while back, and it made me realize that I had been going about things a little backward (not unusual for me). Normally I go through life looking at everything with a neutral eye, as apposed to thinking everything is black and white, I choose to see it as shades of gray (no, you perverts that’s not a reference to a certain book). However when it came to work and play, I have found that it was a black and white subject to me. Work was work and play was play. Neither could intermix or coincide with the other, just wasn’t possible to me (stubborn jerk that I am). But this blog post had a pearl of wisdom that made me see that work and play could in-fact coincide. By simply shifting my perspective, work could become enjoyable to the point that play time could potentially minimize without an increase in stress, and with in-fact a decrease in stress.
What I did was simply find parts of my work that are entertaining and enjoyable to me. I know what your going to say “but Nathan, your a writer, how stressful and dull can that really be?” well, let me tell you. While you would think writing to earn money would have to be fun. It is actually the opposite most of the time. You write in hopes that someone out there will read it. If they don’t read it, then you try and write more to get their attention or at least someone’s attention. A good analogy to what a professional writer is, would be a clown trying to get you to laugh. We drive out there into the big ring under the big top in our tiny car, climb out in a comical fashion (which is usually unintentional, cause really, my foot’s just stuck on the seat belt) and we flail around tripping over air and slapping each other with comical objects, and we do all of this for you. If you don’t laugh, or don’t laugh enough, we go home and come up with new gags to try out, until eventually you laugh until your gut hurts. But boy is it extremely demoralizing when no one laughs. So what I do to fix this little problem is simple, I laugh at my own jokes (that sounds really sad when said aloud). I write so that in the eventual future, when I finally read it in its entirety, I enjoy it.
Now, obviously doing work so you can enjoy it later is probably limited to only a handful of jobs. However, there are other ways to go about accomplishing the same thing. Find parts of your work that you enjoy the most, capitalize on them, make them the center of your work as much as possible. Doing this will relieve you of some stress, not a ton mind you, but enough to make work less work and more play.
As my mother once told me “Life is a journey, not a destination. If you’re not enjoying the journey then your doing something wrong” she also said “Nate! Take out the trash!” a few times too, though that’s not really relevant.
So, let’s recap:
1. Shift your point of view so work becomes a mixture of work/play,
2. Professional writers are really just clowns for the world’s amusement,
3. Find something about your work that you enjoy and capitalize on it,
4. And last but certainly not least, life is a journey not a destination so enjoy it.
Oh and the blog post link and my exact comment on it can be found in the forums, here: https://swirlingsynapse.com/forums/topic/coolpeppermint-writing/
So, now for the question that must be asked. What part of your work do you find the most enjoyable?
That’s all for today my fellow synapses. See you in the next topic. Don’t forget to comment below or join in on other discussions over on the forums. Have a good day, and keep learning new things.