Getting a Kick in the Butt Helps You Get Out of Your Rut & Other Friday Thoughts
I’m writing this while sitting at Stumptown just one block from Union Square Park. It’s 2.30PM and I’ve sat here since 10AM. I think it might be time to buy some more food soon - my one cup of coffee and a croissant probably wont justify the full workday I’m about to pull in this seat.
Working at coffee shops is a great way to people watch. I promise you, I’m also doing serious work, but keeping a close eye on the people who enter and exit in a constant stream is just pure inspiration. It often has me wonder what every body does for a living? Are they all just succesful column writers? Actors? Models? Am I the only one struggling?
I guess a lot of the people getting their to-go fix could just be headed back to their 9-5 desk, but I would love to interrogate the people who sit here with their computer, or the ones who have on work-out gear, or the ones who just hang out with their group of girls SATC-style. I bet some of them want to do the same to me. I often get questions on Instagram regarding what I do for a living. I guess Instagram is a form of people watching as well. The online form.
Taking the leap to work as a freelance writer has its ups and downs. Last week, I was ready to throw in the towel on the ‘being free’ work illusion. Today, I’m optimistic. I always knew this, but for the sake of reminding myself I’m just going to repeat: getting a kick in the butt helps you get out of your rut. Meaning, get out of your comfort zone. Get out of your house and work from a café if you feel alone or lack inspiration. Go for a run even though you feel lazy, because I promise you, you will feel awesome afterwards. Talk to a stranger, because are we really strangers if just say ‘hi’? Switch out your ‘usual’ with something new; be it your route to work, your coffee order, your skin care or something fourth. Diversion makes inspiration - you can quote me on that.
And on that note, I bid you farewell with the wishes of a good weekend. Maybe you should switch out your Sunday morning yoga class with brunch. Live a little!