Sometimes it’s easy to start work… but most of the time isn’t. Sometimes the work being avoided is really easy once it gets started. People can wait their whole lives for something to inspire them, but the truth is that forcing the work to begin without inspiration may work just as well. Everyone has problems with procrastination and a lack of inspiration.
“Under Great White Northern Lights” is a documentary featuring Jack and Meg white on their tour through Canada’s provinces and territories, and it provided inspiration for this article. In a small segment, Jack White speaks of the time he spent in upholstery and the work he did restoring old furniture. Sometimes he wouldn’t be inspired to reupholster an old chair. It would just be work.
A person can’t get away from work just because they think it’s boring. But if you push through it, you can still end up with something good, then move on.
We’ve all wished we were really good at something. We’ve sat on the sidelines, watching talented people, and wishing by some divine magic we’d become amazing too. Every little kid wanted to grow up to be a rockstar, in a figurative or literal sense. Those kids grow up to be teenagers, and for a while they still might carry that dream. But then high school comes to an end and post-secondary arrives. The generation is left to carry the burdening expectations of their elders, and they are soon hobbled by reality. Most of us forget how to dream. But the ones who remember sometimes get to live them.
Go and explore. Take up something you thought you could never do. Write a song, write a story, make a piece of art, take up painting, learn to draw, take singing lessons, play an instrument, read an intellectual novel, read a stupid novel, laugh at the stupid novel, talk to someone, make friends, make more friends, and meet someone you can fall in love with. At the very least, don’t sit around and wait for things to happen to you.