What if we run out?
What if we run out of love? What if we run out of passion? What if we run out of money? What if we run out of clients? What if we run out of ideas? What if we run out of thoughts? What if we run out of music? What if we run out of inspiration? What if we run out?
Do you ever find yourself tormented by one or more of the above questions? I know I do, and the very thought petrifies me.
What if I wake up one day and there is no new seed germinating in my mind? What if I keep waking up day after day after day with nothing inspiring me, with nothing making me want to write? What if?
Personally, I believe that’s quite impossible because our thoughts seem to breed quicker than rabbits. Good thoughts, bad thoughts, boring thoughts, there are always thoughts and as long as there are thoughts there will be words. Yet there are days, there are precise moments in days when I pause, just a little, to fret.
I wonder sometimes, can we ever get so burned out of our passion, so wiped out of our desire to create, to DO, that we become insipid silhouettes of what we are supposed to be?
I fear the truth is that it is possible for a time like that to arrive, frighteningly so.
Can we prevent it? No. Can we fight it? Possibly.
I’m not sure I have a cookie cutter solution for you but I think it lies somewhere in creating the right tools for yourself for a chance that a day like that could happen.
Choose the right companions. Befriend people who inspire you. I don’t mean very successful people but people who make you feel like you have the capability to move mountains. People who draw from you and whom you draw from. Keep your safe ten feet away from people who bleed you dry of your love and passion, as of those who make you feel insecure or doubt yourself. Choose people who have worlds of faith in you, those are always the best kinds.
Make a note of your highs. If you are someone like me with an annoyingly concrete memory you needn’t actually have to make a note, you’re gonna remember it. However, if you think you may forget, or you won’t have the strength to recall your triumphs or glory days on bad ones, then write them down, take pictures, tell a best friend who will narrate it back to you when you need to remember. Like I always say, be your own inspiration. It doesn’t get better than that.
Finally, here is something that works for me like a charm whenever I am a little out of inspiration. Do what you do best FOR someone. Whether you write or draw or sing or fix computers or are a doctor, whatever you do, do it for someone close to you, someone special, a friend, a family member or someone who you know really needs it because when we work with love, the desire to deliver seeps in with an unearthly force and takes over.
I hope you know that you are wonderful and no amount of deadbeat days can ever take that away from you!