Yo-ho blarghers it’s another day. So what happens when life, when your art and things feel slow. When you’re worried and more? Let go?
Easier said than done, right?
Well what I’m about to say comes from experience. Sometimes letting go isn’t exactly about sitting back and letting things go. Sometimes it’s about finding something else to fixate on. Sometimes you need to divert your attention elsewhere. So it’s not so much about letting go but about focusing somewhere else. It works. It really does.
For me, when I’ve felt I’ve been away from writing too long to get back to it, I realize that’s wrong. I’m worried about trying to start back up. I’m terrified I’ll be horrible at it and that I can’t let go of those fears. So what do I do instead?
I decide to write. It’s hard yeah, but it’s easier than letting go sometimes. It’s easy to admit it will be difficult and do it anyways. It might not be perfect, but it will be done. It can be perfect later when I have the time to devote to polishing and editing. That’s how writing works.
So, that’s what I do.
Would it be wonderful if I just the fears and insecurities go? To stop worrying about my future and know all things with certainty?
But that’s not how life works. So you can let go in a manner by getting busy. Works for me. And when I can’t write, I’ll read something. That works pretty well too. But don’t just take my word for it, try it. I mean reading is most definitely a form of writing practice. It helps and is relaxing. In fact some studies say that reading can relax you and your anxiety/worries and more by up to 67 percent more than listening to your favorite music. And hey, while we’re at it… what about music?
It’s a pretty nice way to let go of things. If you’re worrying and overthinking, sitting back with some music and lying down to potato, can really help.
Stop focusing so much on the idea of letting go and just do it. Do something. The rest (letting go) will take care of themselves. Sometimes letting go means stepping back. So step back, get out of your own way. Instead of letting your attention be pulled in fifty different directions of worry, wonder, anxiety and more… Put it into place. One place. Whatever that may be.
So write. Sing. Dance. Something. Do something, anything, and I promise you’ll be able to let go of the things that are holding you back from writing or whatever it is.
Doing something is the best thing to do if you can’t think of what to do?
Yeah…that wasn’t as profound or poetic as some things…but it still makes my point.