But – here’s the thing, I’m not supposed to.
And neither are you.
Expecting to “always” be a certain way isn’t human, it’s rather robotic. Somewhere, somehow we’ve got this notion that we are “only” supposed to be happy, positive and excited about life. But, that’s not what makes us human.
It’s the dips. The ups and downs. The all arounds that make us human.
We are here to experience the entire contract of the human experience, which means excitement AND upset.
I’ve been going through a little bit of a lull since finishing the first draft of my book. I was so filled with creative energy, and now I feel like a slug. I also didn’t work out for about a month while I was up in Ojai finishing the book, and I’ve started getting active again – and so my body is tired from that, too.
So, the emotional low + the physical drain make me not want to do anything right now. I just extended a TON of energy and now all I want to do is sleep and recharge. I don’t even really want to be writing this blog right now.
But, I am.
Because that is what pros do. You see, you aren’t always going to WANT to do stuff. But, it’s the masters who act even though they don’t want to. It’s the masters that push through and finish, because the work is most important. Getting words on the page and in the blog, that is what is most important.
My emotions come and go, and yes I take time for myself, but the expression is what matters. I used to beat myself up for having emotional down times or being tired. I thought I was missing out on life, or that all of a sudden I would spontaneously combust.
But none of that is true. It’s a part of the ebb and flow of life.
I don’t expect to always be happy, I simply accept what is. And that acceptance is key. This is what self-love is all about, really, acceptance and the ability to Love yourself right where you are.
In doing so we give ourselves permission to be fully human, not part human. And this permission is what opens up the energy of life so that we can live full lives.
So, I might not be feeling 1000% today, I might not want to show up, but I did – and this blog is proof of it.
Can you show up, even though you don’t want to? Do you have hard times and can you make it through, even though you don’t want do? Can you make the tough choice to show up – even though you don’t want to?
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