As you may have noticed, I didn’t write a post last week. This is because I lacked the motivation to do so. I did not lack the time, considering I just sat around wasting away on my couch (and of course the beach) but I just didn’t know what to write. I usually dawn my topics from my daily life which makes writing in the summer a little harder because my life get pretty boring. I tried to play around with a couple of topics last week but I couldn’t write anything meaningful. However, this has led me to this week’s post. Sometimes we just lack the motivation to do what we are normally motivated to do.
In these times when you lack the motivation, it is okay to take a break. So often people say to keep pushing and to keep moving forward, me included. However, we need breaks. They give us the opportunity to recharge. Breaks also give us some time apart from what we are doing to appreciate it more. If we doing something all the time, it is easy to start to take it for granted. Think about breathing. We do it almost every second of every day. How often do we actually appreciate the fact that we are breathing? Now think of that time you got trapped underwater for a bit too longer. Your lungs start to shrink, desperately searching for air. Once your head pops up and your break from air is over, you take a huge gasp of air and realize how important it really is. Similarly once you come back from your break you can realize how important your workouts, you career, you writing, (fill in the blank here) is to you.
Sometimes we get overwhelmed because we have so much going on and then we feel like we have to do that extra something. The truth is we don’t always have to do it. The world will not end if you skip the gym one day. You will not lose the interest of all your follows if you skip a post, at least I hope not. It is perfectly fine to take a break. However, do not use it as an excuse when you just do not feel like doing something. If you haven’t been to the gym in week, you do not need to take a break. Yes, you may not have the motivation to go back to the gym but that is when you have to be real with yourself. You have to look at yourself in the mirror and ask if that is something you actually want to do. If by the end of your break you are not inching to get back at whatever it is you broke from, maybe it is time you reevaluate whether or not you are really passionate about it. Sometimes you may find that you were lying to yourself and you weren’t doing it for you.
It is always important to keep pushing yourself and reach past your limits but it is equally important to take breaks. Instead of forcing yourself to do something you are not motivated to do and burning yourself out, take a quick break. Give your mind and body a rest and reinvigorate your passion; or realize that you may not be as passionate as you thought. There is a reason we use to get nap time in kindergarten, everyone can use a good break once in a while just make sure not to use it as an excuse.