I’ve been down with a severe case of viral, coupled with a stomach bug from hell. It’s not been pretty. I’ve been grumpy. And I needed a distraction, and to write. But seeing as I was confined to bed, the only distraction I had on hand was my phone. Writing ideas, well….none. So I did what anyone would do – I hopped over to my Instagram feed, and scrolled down in search of some inspiration.
I found this image from a couple of months ago, and decided to use it to write. Here goes!
In a world that is all about the hustle; where news is old the moment it's tweeted, going slow is a radical act of rebellion. Click To Tweet
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I’ve always been one for the slow life. As a child, I loved building up Lego block houses, going off the reservations by constructing my houses without plans or references. They took a good long time, but it felt enjoyable, to try, fail, try again, until something clicked.
My favourite place in my room was curled up near the window, the music playing softly – or loudly, depending on how rebellious I was being that day – as I daydreamed a million different dreams.
I was never one to conform. I didn’t want to follow the norm. I had no grand ambitions, no illusions of grandeur. I wanted to work, because I wanted to be independent. I always wanted to do something creative – writing, photography, art. I dreamt of having exhibitions of my work some day, but that was the extent of my desire. For the most part, I wanted a quiet artist’s/writer’s cottage where I could live and work in peace; secluded, with the occasional company of good friends.
I never dreamt of a high flying life. I never dreamt of a million page views and 10k followers; of a 6-figure income stream or working while sipping mojitos at the beach.
But when you blog, when you share your work, this is the message that bombards you from every corner. If you aren’t hustling, you may as well not exist, i.e. you may as well be irrelevant.
But is that really true? Do 10k followers, the LadyBoss lifestyle, and a million page views make you relevant? And relevant to whom? Who is this nameless, faceless audience you’re playing for? And will they care if one day you decide to pack it all up and leave?
Like pods, comment pods, signal boosting, buying followers – so often our time gets spent doing things that add zero value to our lives. All those poddies liking your posts like zombies, how many of them really connect with or are moved by a single thing you’ve posted? How can you be sure?
In a world that is all about the hustle, going along slowly, at your own sweet pace, is a radical act of rebellion that your radical, rebellious soul craves. Why do you fight that? Why do you get swept up in the drama and the hollow comparison with so-called influencers who are busy gaming the system? Why do you fight yourself every single day?While everyone is busy hustling and bustling, why don't you simply focus on your devotion? Click To Tweet
“It’s okay not to have New Years resolutions
It’s okay not to have big goals for your life
It’s okay not to have plans you want to
It’s okay not to chase your dreams
That path is not for everyone
Some walk the path of
They are traveling the road
Seeking the core
What is basic and essential
What has been here all along”
– Maya Luna
This is interesting! All of this came from seeing the turtle and the knight plodding along in his armour. What started with some memories from my childhood, turned into a message I needed to remember as I look to navigate the world of online business and ecourses and selling art – on my own sweet terms.
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