Whenever I am feeling low or unmotivated, I like many, will reach for nostalgia.
I’ll listen to my favorite songs, or full albums from the past that hit me in just the right time and place, such as Yellowcard’s Ocean Avenue album, Logic’s Under Pressure, or Back Breaker by The Showdown (I have very eclectic tastes ;).
I’ll rewatch my favorite shows and films (like Bleach, the anime series. I find Ichigo’s “never give up” resolve quite uplifting).
I’ll reread some of my favorite books, like The Kingkiller Series and The War of Art.
But I have to be watchful. Because as great as nostalgia is, it can also be a crunch for escape.
Finding relief, motivation, energy, and inspiration in our past is wonderful, but escaping to our past to avoid our future only traps us in the past and keeps us from improving our reality.
It’s like eating dessert—there’s nothing wrong with a little cheesecake now and then. But having (needing) sugar to get through the day is a sign that something is out of balance.
Are you eating some cheesecake to enjoy it or are you pounding the cake to avoid/ignore/release your pain?
Create the strength you need to get up and make a change. Be that having a heart to heart, going to therapy, reaching for things that make you help energized and inspired. But don’t lose sight of why you are doing what you are doing.
Focus on the small changes, little ice picks to the ice burg in your path. Even just a few good strikes can break a way forward.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1158