This week was a difficult one. I suppose I’ve been down about a few things– normal life stresses, really. Family. Money. A lack of using my talents and hobbies– and the feeling of unfulfillment that comes with that. But combine a few of life’s normal stresses and suddenly you may find yourself in a terrible funk.
Today I was reminded (as I’ve been slowly reminded all week) that the biggest and best cure for such a funk is involvement! A bad day can be wallowed in and cured by a bit of gardening, or a good nap, or a bowl of homemade mac-and-cheese. Maybe pjs and a good book. A really bad mood? That requires company. Sometimes it’s a good friend, or family member, or a friendly stranger. Sometimes it’s just about getting out there.
Sometimes it’s about:
-holding the door for the person behind you just to hear the “thank you” (keep doing it– you’ll get one, I promise!).
-smiling at the person walking towards them, even if you don’t know them; usually people smile back!
-finding a way to help someone else. Clean your closet and donate any old clothes that you don’t use or don’t fit. Go volunteer at a soup kitchen. Visit an elderly grandparent or family member. Bake or cook something to bring the next time you go over someone’s house.
I’m not great at this. At least not when left to my own devices. It’s easy to be involved when you’re in school and it’s a matter of walking to another building or taking a shuttle or driving two minutes to the next event or meeting or friend’s room. It’ll take effort now. But it’s time for me to be me again! And people and involvement are an easy key to inspiration. And inspiration is where creativity starts, after all.
I want to start singing again. I miss it too much.