Add Something New

I don’t know if you can tell from my recent posts, but I’ve been feeling kind of burnt out recently.

There’s probably a ton of reasons to blame: stress at work, doing lots of things for a long time, end of year blues.

How do I know I’m burnt out? Well: I’ve been resisting going to the gym. I’ve been sleeping a ton. I feel a general form of dread about anything and everything.

And you know what. It’s fine. It’s totally fine to feel spent.

There’s been this mantra of ‘hustle’ working its way across the general zeitgeist over the past 10 or so years. I think some people refer to it as hustle porn. And while I’m totally on board with going after what you want, and doing the work you need to get that done, you can certainly hit a point where enough’s enough.

And I think, at this exact moment in my life, that might be where I’m at.

But that doesn’t mean I’m done with doing anything ever.

It just means I’m done doing some stuff right now.

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I was thinking, on= my drive to the coffee shop this morning, that I’m kind of in a late-stage with all my projects right now.

What do I mean by that?

Well, I’m at a B2ish level with my Spanish, which means I can get by pretty good, and am just absorbing more and more words. But, it also means that the quick wins of linear progress have stalled.

On top of that, I’m mid-way through a draft of a book and editing another.

In short, all of my hobbies are in that weird place where’s you’re getting stuff done, but it feels like you’re swimming in the middle of the ocean. You’re flapping your arms, and you feel movement, but you can’t see land anywhere.

Not gonna lie. It’s a little demoralizing.

So here’s my plan.

Add new stuff!

That’s it.

I think I’m going to finally get going in full steam on a third language. Maybe I’ll do some light songwriting.

My hope: adding new stuff will reawaken some of that excitement and energy that wanes in the middle stages.

I’ll let you know what happens!

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