Jun 24, 2009

When passion fades... "constantly hit refresh"

You may have noticed that my articles have more or less ground to a halt.


No i'm not losing interest.... i promise that is not the case. Work is taking over my life to the extent that i've no soul left when i finally manage to pry my tired self away from my desk and go home. Yes go home... thats all i've been doing (if you can ignore my birthday weekend just gone that is) most of the time my life is spent staring blankly at my dinner while i cook and eat it. I don't even have inspiration to watch a movie. I feel empty and constantly tired. I have even started to hate my laptop and everything digital. I think i need a holiday....

And so what little energy i have tonight i'm going to focus on how you can turn around your life if you feel like i do right now.... dead inside.

Now this is not depression, although i think a few more months of this and i will be thinking of jumping off some very high buildings just for the rush.

I'm normally a positive person and i don't entertain stress or anxious emotions, but when you are drained of life like me right now... its hard to snap out of it. A never ending spiral of "numbness" emerges. The spark inside has gone and its not because i'm down or unhappy or upset. Its because i'm over-worked. There is a lot riding on my ability to pull this off. And i will of course. Nothing can stop me achieving my goals....

But, i need a break. And this is true for anything in life, like work, your living situation, your relationship, your social life, your art.... right?

As a result of needing a break from work, i've subsequently taken a break from everything else in life BUT work. I have no desire to shop, eat, play, date, write, plan.... I just want to sit and do nothing that requires too much effort or thought.

This got me thinking. Why when one aspect of our life takes over and tips the balance do we let it? and why do we sacrifice the things we love that give us energy and passion, for the one thing that takes it all away? I'm reminded of a story from my favourite author paulo coelho about a guy that only feels his life is worth something if he is important & busy. We all do it. We complain we have too much to do yet we pile on the work and demands with a certain pride. We like to be active. Feel needed. Yet how much of this is ego wanting to feel that the world has a place for us?

Usually i create & savour lots of 'me' time...

I have time to sort out my music to listen to on the way to work, to walk slowly enjoying the moment, to have time to look and absorb things i usually filter out.... then i truly wake up and have enough energy to ask ppl around me how they are. The simple act of being interested causes a brief connection and that makes both of us happy to be working together. We then have less to stress about and more to laugh about. Later i stop and take time for lunch and enjoy it with someone i love spending time with. And in the afternoon i allow 5 minutes each hour to email and ask someone how they are, arrange nights out and events, giving myself something to look forward to. And a 5.30pm i'm out the door rushing to meet friends, dance, have fun, flirt and actually live my life.

So on reflection? Do we always need a long holiday to break up life? or can this be achieved by enjoying quality 'me' time throughout the day?

I've never actually felt i needed to get away until now, but i think thats because my 'me' time has dried up and gone. And if i did go away on a long tropical holiday.... everything would be waiting when i got back and thats when the 'holiday blues' kicks in. Trips abroad should be the result of a fantastic lifestyle, not the remedy to a crappy boring one. By making 'life' more like a 'never-ending holiday' you engage in a lifestyle which never loses its value. It feels good and looks good and you tell ppl how good it is. This is attractive. Not just for the things you want, but for bringing into your world people who have the same attitude. Like attracts like and energy builds (physics) .... the city you live in becomes amazing (tourists do visit you know) ..... you meet an amazing bunch of people... get to do the coolest things.... and then write or tell vivid stories about it ;) and all in all the best thing? your life is what you made it. No one else...

And the dating/relationship advice in this post? (well there has to be some)

Well if you need a break i would say you and/or your partner are too focused on one, usually negative, aspect of your love life. Taking a break can be good, as usually the 'missing each other' period can build up attraction again. Going on holiday together can bring a breath of fresh air. But at the end of the day. The problems don't go away. Habits are hard to break and if you are in a rut, most possibly... you will be in a rut again. So what to do? Well change habits slowly but surely. A friend quoted Einstein to me the other day that "Insanity was doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results". So try not to be insane ;) Maybe look for small ways to appreciate each other. Take quality 'dating' time and plan things to look forward to. Communicate small meaningless messages over the course of the day. Do new things together that you;ve never done before. Meet/make new friends. Entertain others at your place. Be spontaneous. Inspire creativity. Put in the effort to make your relationship one long, long honey-moon period.

And realise, sometimes.... there is just no room left for 'what should be', 'what they didn't do', and 'what you need'. All you have is now.

6 comments:

Ali

This is an incredible post that I think EVERYONE can benefit from. Thank you!

OceanDreams

You are such a good and insightful writer! I always look forward to reading your blog...I hope you find the way to escape work a bit to regain your passion for life. I know how that can be. I get that way when I get in patterns and I feel like I am stuck in a rut. But yes, then I try to swap it up and create something new in my life to create a zeal and to prevent myself from being apathetic. When apathy sets in, that is when I must run and remember how to feel. Because feeling and believing are the best medicine. They are the best medicine to living life to the fullest. You can do it!

Alex.

Your awareness is staggering. You seem to know yourself quite well, and your own situation and feelings seem like they are perfectly clear to you.

So what -do- you need? Looking at how you seem to know so much about yourself and about whats happening to you, doesen't it also mean that you must atleast have some idea of how to relieve yourself of everything that burdens you, and maybe find the space and time to "let go"?

From what I can see, any choice you will make, is guaranteed to be the right one for you, but im not dure you are hesitant because of a fear of not knowing which way you're facing, then again, I don't know you.

You said, "Trips abroad should be the result of a fantastic lifestyle, not the remedy to a crappy boring one."... I was amazed, the obvious yet deep truth in such a way of thinking is the exact guideline I would have needed to hold on to in order to find answers about myself and my priorities.

As for your work, it seems as if it doesen't fulfill you... Yet I read your blog, and I can see that this, (If nothing else, i wouldn't know) is really something you have focused on. You don't seem to do things half-heartedly, but what's the case with your job? Does it give you the same opportunity to interact with people?

I loved my first visit here, it won't be the last.

- Alex.

aditi

Hey artist!
I so so so agree, girl. A relatioship needs working on after the passion dims out. I KNOW!

heheh, by the way I tagged you, check it out. Hope u do it!

the.lifestyle.artist

Ali - thanks so much for your lovely words. your comment actually made my evening yesterday and gave me something i hadn't felt in ages.... satisfaction in having written something worthwhile! thanks! ;)

OD - with comments like yours it makes me glad we crossed paths in the blogosphere lady. I will get time to read your blog and return the feedback as you deserve. I know i can do it. and actually i feel better already haha!

Alex - thank you! I try to understand others as well as myself. And i try to put that down in words. Sometimes i'm not sure i've done that well but when i get comments like i have here i know that i couldn't have done any better had i tried.

And what do i need? I need a new perception. And clearly i feel like i have one now. Today was nice actually. Still stressful but i chose not to let it get to me. My job is not what i want to be doing.... but that is because i have passions for other things that usually involve helping others. And being creative. I have so many ideas, i just have to release some time to get it off the ground. I'm exactly where i should be. Sometimes a bad situation is good for showing you what you can and could be if you tried and it helps u not take things for granted. My life is great. sometimes i need reminding! ;)

glad u like my posts and my thoughts. there are some good gems and some off tracks posts in here so depending on what u want to read (inspiration, inner game, positive thinking or dating...) please feel free to dig. I have variety of audiences. Some only come here for love advice, others for spiritual insights.... i tend to go off at tangent for a while depending on whats going on in my life lol. but i love your feedback so far!

Aditi - tagged me? will check it out ;) love ya & chat soon

Rubby

wow....

u actually took my breath away with the post. thanks for that.
you are so right. sometimes we spend so much time worrying, not rea;lising that we are letting life pass us by - something my boyfriend reminded me of last night causei was having one of my occational freak out sessions...

will keep all this in mind. thanks

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