Do It Anyway

Do it anyway! This is my life advice. In life, we are all often tasked with doing a bunch of dumb shit that we hate doing, whether it be our shitty jobs, or our dumb household chores, or our stupid-ass court mandated counseling sessions. Getting things done is a cornerstone of a contented lifestyle, and it behooves all of us to knuckle under and get on that shit.

I’ve been slacking on this blog lately, mostly because I’m out of ideas, but also because it’s clear that my writing career is not on the cusp of taking off and saving me from whatever dreary job awaits me at the end of this funemployment cycle. That’s kind of a bummer! Here I was, thinking that I would be able to use this space as a launching platform for a dynamic new career as a writer, despite a profound lack of hustle and/or talent. Since it’s now clear that this blog is not going to bring me the fame and fortune I desperately need, I’ve soured on it.

But also, who cares! Whether or not I can parlay this into a writing career is immaterial. I’m writing things and honing my craft and I’m powering through and finishing articles that obviously kind of suck, simply because I know I need the practice at seeing things through, and that’s what’s important. And I’m still proud of this shit! It pleases me to know that I expended the time and energy to write something and put it on the internet, even if only two people are gonna read it (on a good day).

And this is my point, here. It’s not that doing work and doing chores in always a drag, but it is a drag if you can’t derive any satisfaction from it. The problem is much more pronounced when you’re stuck at a job you can’t get any fulfillment from, because then you spend most of your days working on stuff you have no interest in, and then at the end of the day you go home feeling enervated and lacking the will to motivate yourself to do anything that will help you feel good.

But you gotta do it anyway! When your job is sucking away your life force, resist letting it break you. That thing that you’ve always wanted to do but you haven’t done because you feel as though you don’t have the time or the energy? Do it anyway! Take a cooking class. Get a gym membership (and then go regularly). Polish up your resume and send it out to potential new employers. Clean your bathroom. Join a rec softball league. Organize your coworkers into a union in secret. Start a blog! I’ll read it. Whatever it is that you’ve always wanted to do, and no matter how daunting the task may seem, do it anyway! Refuse to let whatever is dragging you down break your will or your spirit. That is all.

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