Instagram memes: Hustlers never sleep! While you’re sleeping, I’m working! While you’re eating, I’m working! While you’re breathing, I’m working!
Immune system: Keep neglecting me and see where that gets you.
I don’t believe in running yourself into the ground in order to make your dreams come true. I know this goes against what I call Instagram meme logic, which claims that you have the same 24 hours as Beyonce, therefore you have no excuse in pursuing your goals.
Never mind that Beyonce probably has assistants,nannies, and others who work for her in order to stretch those 24 hours.
I have discovered that being a workaholic is not only harmful to your health but also to your creativity. As I balanced school, work, and other obligations, I also tried to incorporate more writing into my routine. However, I quickly became frustrated as the words didn’t flow as eloquently as I had hoped. This caused me to question my gift, when in actuality I should have been nourishing it, and not forcing it.
From the constant hustle and bustle that life in New York fosters, I found myself both physically and emotionally sick. And even with an upper respiratory infection (for the third time this year), I was more frustrated at the fact that my body wouldn’t allow me to get back to work.
I needed time to rest. I needed time to truly be present and experience life in its fullness. That is where inspiration and creativity comes in. As dreamers we don’t just survive on this, we thrive on this.
Joyce Meyer once said, “I finally learned to say, ‘I’m not where I need to be, but thank God, I’m not where I used to be. I’m okay, and I’m on my way!’”
During my time of personal reflection, I realized that I don’t give myself enough credit. I tend to look at my current state and become disappointed that I am not where I want to be. This belittled how far I have come and the progress I have made.
I know I’m not alone in saying that I need to enjoy the journey. Rushing and forcing the process will not only fatigue you, but cause you to miss out on the valuable details of the triumphant underdog story that is your life.
And who knows? It may turn out to be a great screenplay.
Everything happens in due time. We will reach that goal. We will achieve that dream. Understand this won’t be true for us if we don’t take care of the vessels that get us there. Worrying ourselves sick is only counterproductive.
At the end of this life, two things will matter: what we were given (our lives and our talents), and what we did with it. Take care of yourself. Take care of your gifts.
— Tara Pook