Accepting The Hardest Path Forward
“It shouldn’t have to be so hard!”
Whenever I say (or think) these words, I know that I’ve mentally switched from being resourceful into being the victim.
An example I face every week: writing. I love it so much! It’s creative, helpful to others, and useful for me to process my thoughts. But if I love it so much, why did I stop? Why not write weekly? Or go all-in and publish daily?
It’s embarrassing to admit, but it’s me being a stubborn prima donna. I prefer to work in a quiet room with long stretches of uninterrupted time. However, the reality is that my family just survived the 2020 pandemic while moving and having a 2nd child while I work at a startup. The reality is, it’s not realistic to have much time and space on a frequent basis.
That is why I’m writing this article with thumbs only as I rock my youngest child (going on 2-hours this morning). Sure, I could go back to scrolling my social media field while pining for the day that I can get back to my keyboard.
It’s far from ideal, but fuck it. If the goal matters enough, then I have to accept that the only path available is the hardest one. As I harp to others—we can’t control external circumstances, but we can change how we react to them. And so here I am. It may hurt my thumbs over time, but it's better than staying in creative constipation.
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About Rick Manelius
Quick Stats: CTO of Contact Mapping. Author of Winning the Lottery Within. Graduated from MIT in '03 (BS) and '09 (PhD). Life hacker and peak performance enthusiast. This blog is my experiment in creative writing, self-expression, and sharing what I've learned along my journey. For more information, read my full bio here or contact me.