Happy first day of February my wellness tribe. February, the month of LOVE. I am branding February the month of love for obvious reasons. Earlier this week, I posted an inspirational quote on social media, “make time to do what you love.” It made me question, am I doing what I love? Am I doing enough of what I love and how do I make time to do it more often?
It recently dawned on me that I love writing. Subconsciously, I think writing is something I always enjoyed. I vividly remember writing stories for fun as a kid. I selected Psychology as my major in college which essentially signed myself up for 4 years of long research papers. While not creative writing, still writing. When I became ill, I turned to writing. I realized I was not getting better anytime soon and blogging became my outlet. It was a form of therapy and also a way to feel connected to a community. I am now on my second blog, another way for me to continue writing. However, not as often as I would like.
We all make up excuses to procrastinate, even when it comes to activities we love. We find excuses such as lack of time, money or even the talent to do what we want! I am learning that these excuses are just that. Excuses, and nothing more. Why am I waiting for the weekend to write? I am not insinuating to quit your day job either. Your passion and your work can live in harmony and probably complement each other. And if you are lucky enough to have a job that is your passion, well you’ve achieved what most work towards their entire lives.
Last year, I read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and it truly inspired me to pursue my interests whole heartedly without fear. I often refer back to it when I need inspiration. I never get sick of reading this book. There is one passage that intrigued me. Gilbert writes:
When people are having an affair, they don’t mind losing sleep, or missing meals. They will make whatever sacrifices they have to make, and they will blast through any obstacles, in order to be alone with the object of their devotion and obsession–because it matters to them. Let yourself fall in love with your creativity like that and see what happens.
Now I am not suggesting to have an affair, but to pursue your creative interests more intently. Life is too short to put off what excites you. This month, the month of LOVE, I am making a commitment to do more of what makes me happy.