Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Prepare for a Full Stop




I'm sure I've snarked about my futon before.

It eats us alive.

We joke it's a time machine,
because we sit on it
and all of a sudden
it's three hours later.

--

My futon has reached a point where I actively avoid it.

It's villain-like,
devilish
in the way it woos us.

Its promises of a comfy space
to collect our thoughts for a moment,
enjoy a sip of tea.

But I know.
I've seen its true form.

It's a harbinger of dashed hopes,
mutilator of motivations.

It's a freaking STOP sign.

It tells us to give up today,
try again tomorrow.

--

I'm sure we all have THAT. THING.
that instantly will kill our best-laid plans.

Walking by the bakery window,
taking our shoes off for the day,
hopping on Facebook too early in the morning
and reading how terrible the world is.

Ahem.

--

I get asked a lot how I'm able to keep moving,
keep juggling all my tasks
and people
and commitments.

I'm not doing super-well at it.
But the constant moving keeps me motivated.

I try to plan my life where I either
completely fill my day with commitments,
or I don't schedule a thing.

It's easy for me to keep moving when I'm already moving.
I'll go the gym the night I have tickets to a play
and have just enough time for a grocery shopping trip in between.

The other days,
I greet my futon again.

It says, "Wow, you've worked pretty hard this week."
At that point, I can agree.
At that point, I can kick off my shoes.

At that point, I can lie there for a few hours
and enjoy every moment.

--

That's on a great week, of course.

I have found that even if I don't have externally-designated commitments,
the very act of NOT sitting on my futon means
I'll come up with something productive to do.

Maybe I'll even write a blog post about it.

- C McG

PS. As I was planning this post, this old Marc Manson article showed up again. The idea is that our action sometimes has to happen to create the motivation. If we're always sitting around waiting for motivation, we may never act. At the end, he writes, "...you can never become successful at anything without taking action."

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