Which brings me back to time. The logical side of my brain knows that wasting time and procrastinating is the worst thing I could be doing right now. It keeps reminding me that the only way I am guaranteed to fail is if I never try, and all this time-wasting and Jared-looking means I’m not trying hard enough. The only way to get better at writing is to KEEP WRITING, and yet that’s the thing I’m struggling to do. Not for lack of ideas; I have more ideas then I know what to do with. Of course there is huge value in taking some time away and doing other activities, but all I’ve been doing lately is ‘other activities’. Some of them are necessary and some of them are other creative endeavours, but most of them are pointless time killers and they need to stop. I keep thinking about something someone* said: It may not seem like much when you spend 10 minutes watching funny YouTube videos or spend half an hour watching mindless TV, but when you add up all the times you did that over a course of a week, it usually turns out to be a lot. Think about all you could have achieved in that time. Think about all you could have done. If you want to live your dreams, you have to work. You know this. I know this. We all know this. You have to be willing to sacrifice other things so that you have time to do the work. You have to recognise your distractions and temptations and do your best to eliminate or remove them. You have to want it more than you want anything else. You have to be compelled beyond a reasonable doubt. It’s not a matter of ‘finding’ the time; you have to make the time to turn your dreams into your reality. So, Girl With Words, this is a message to you from you: Quit screwing around. Get your ass in gear and get your act together. And if that’s not motivation enough, consider this: It’s really about what’s important to you. If you want to make things and share those things with people and you want to be a creative person, you have to produce work and create something of value. If that’s what’s important, that’s what you’ll spend time doing. Time may be infinite, but your time is not. Spend it wisely.
Title lyrics: ‘Do or Die’ by Thirty Seconds To Mars
*Yeah…It was Jared. Naturally.
**Jared actually said pretty much the entire last paragraph…#Whoospie