"Fear is the glue that keeps you stuck. Faith is the solvent that sets you free."
-Shannon L. Alder -
An extended break
I traveled like a madwoman this past summer. My wanderlust goes into high gear at that time of year, the after effects of having that season off when I was a teacher. It was perfect timing because I needed to refresh my enthusiasm for my new creative endeavors. Some projects weren’t going in the direction I thought they should so that led me to all sorts of questions. What am I missing? What else should I be doing? What am I doing wrong?
These musings led me to put a full stop to certain things, including this blog. Since I was traveling so much, a hiatus was logical. Summer came to an end, along with my travels. But my projects were still on hiatus. Somehow, the pause extended itself to the beginning of fall. It’s more accurate to say that I felt stuck. Then, I had to figure out how to get unstuck.
I am very self-aware so I knew what was happening. My projection/expectation of what the results should be rather than the actions I needed to take became my focus. My uncertainty regarding outcome inevitably led to fear. My belief in what I was doing got shaky. Frankly, my belief in myself and what I’m doing has always been a little shaky.
Fortunately, the little voice inside of me that’s never steered me wrong propped me up. It reminded me that I am exactly where I need to be doing exactly what I need to be doing. I have always been led to the right course of action, and I always will be.
Once I remembered that, I started refocusing on what I love to do, which for me is reading and writing. When you’re a writer, reading is not a hobby you put aside for when you have time. It’s part of how you refine your craft. Writing is what makes me feel alive. I went back to those basics.
Do what you love
I went back to the projects I was working on. I still have uncertainty with certain aspects, but I had a conversation with a friend recently, who told me, “When in doubt, do.” I expand on that by saying, “When in doubt, do what you love.”
That’s how I unstuck myself. I focused on what I love to do. Whenever you get stuck, remember what you love about what you're doing. Let that love fuel your belief in it.
It’s that simple and that hard.
Until next time... look behind and beyond the veil...
Sameena K. Mughal, Author, Freelance Writer