Hello all, it's me Bretony, here on another gloriously sunny Monday. Even though there were talks of a storm warning for NYC, it has been clear and sunny all weekend long. This weekend in particular is the last one of the summer, and I really do wonder where the time went. I feel as though it was JUST New Years Eve! Something that most people don't know about me is that summer is actually my least favorite season. Shocking right? How can one not love the warm weather, backyard/rooftop parties, and swimming?? Welp, guess that makes me a weirdo. I hate bugs, the heat makes me miserable (not to mention the fact that whenever I'm dressed summer weather appropriate, some stooge wants to blast their A/C to an intolerable level, making me a sniffling hot mess), and I can swim indoors! Overall, this summer has left me feeling a bit... lazy if you will. I find there are times when I've been completely unmotivated to do anything at all! I'm not really sure why, but join me as I dive deeper for an explanation...
Looking at things from a scientific point of view, I've always known that heat slows your thinking down. On the other hand, being cold will sharpen your thinking. This article describes all the technicalities behind this phenomenon. Also explained is how more uncomfortable weather (such as cold and rain), tends to make people stay at work longer. This one is pretty obvious. If it's beautiful and sunny out, who's gonna wanna stay inside of a dark, dank hole and work all day? You're gonna wanna leave and go play! I suppose this is where I have found myself. I'm in play mode quite often these days. What I have yet to fully grasp however is the fact that, I'm a business woman now. I work for my darn self! There really is no "summer vacation" for me, but I somehow still think there is. In order to be self sustaining, I never really "clock out". I have no real days off. Every moment and everything that I do should be towards my productivity goals. That may sound like a lot of "working" (and I know I've been using a heck of a lot of air quotes in this post so far, but they're necessary), but as the old saying goes, if you're doing what you love, you're never really working a day in your life. Or something like that.
Besides the scientific, and summer bashing aside, I've just been feeling GENERALLY unmotivated in life. I can't quite pinpoint the exact reasons, I only know the results of these feelings compared to the Bretony of the past. I use to be super excited all the time to go out and film new videos, as well as edit them. The editing was the best part! It was hard work and super tedious all the time, but the finished product was so satisfying. I also feel like I use to wake up earlier with a list of lots of things to do during the day. Fast forward to now, the creating process seems so tiring before I even begin! Where and when did this shift occur??
I know that the whole point of my Monday blog posts have been geared towards motivation in some aspect, but guess what people? Sometimes the motivator needs to be motivated to motivate! It is time now for the motivator to become the motivatee! I may sound like a looney tune, but that's exactly what I think needs to happen. Another quote I really like says, those who can't teach, do, and those who can't do, teach. I think I may have switched gears somewhere along the line. As with everything in this gemini driven life of mine, the pendulum always goes to extreme opposite ends ever so often. Identifying this helps a bit with bringing things to an equilibrium. It's all about balance people!
I would like to learn what keeps everyone motivated through extreme slumps of un-motivation. There has to be something! I am the sort of person who enjoys hearing a multitude of varying viewpoints, so if you have one, I would really love to hear it. I hope that I can snap out of this blah point in time. I know that I will, I just wish it would happen now. I think I've said this before, but it really is hard to self motivate. This is why people have gym buddies! Knowing that someone else is right there with you, making you go, and probably won't go unless you go, is often just the swift kick in the A that we need in life. I need a metaphorical gym buddy for my life (and maybe the gym too, I've always wanted to go so I can work on my 4-6pack)! We have to all help each other out in this life folks. Nobody should do it all on their own. We can learn to motivate each other! Sometimes all someone needs is a few words of encouragement...and that doesn't take much effort at all. Think about it, has someone ever told you something...something very simple...but it stuck with you all day? Maybe even until the next day? Maybe even now you're thinking about it? I'm telling you, sometimes it really is the simplest thing!
P.s. Can I just say for a minute that I am REALLY glad I stick to this Monday writing thing? Sometimes I just want to take a freakin' break, but I'm proud of myself that I never do. If I ever miss a Monday, that means call the cops, I'm missing. Writing consistently gives me a chance to look back on my state of mind this time a year ago!
P.p.s. Isn't it crazy how a "motive" to do something in a court of law is why someone did a bad thing, but "motivation" in everyday life is why someone does a good thing? (Here I go with my air quotes again)
P.p.p.s. Seriously though, perhaps my favorite season is fall. I love all the colors, and I actually do love wearing sweaters (I seasonally inappropriately wear them throughout the summer).