It’s Friday. And this post is super late. But I have a good reason. I spent my morning doing social media and my afternoon interviewing a few people in the neighborhood for a local article I’m writing.
But now that I’ve had a chance to sit down and rest, I thought I’d tell you something.
“You Look Like a Man Who Takes Himself Too Seriously” – The Scarecrow, Batman Begins
Before, during and after one of my interviews, I realized, “Boy am I taking myself too seriously!” Not that interviewing people for an article isn’t serious or important. I’m proud of the work I do. In fact, I’m still beaming about the response I got from someone I interviewed recently who complimented me by saying I have a knack for what I do. I felt like Sally Field when she said, “You like me. You really like me.”
But I also realized that part of the creative process means not taking myself or my work so seriously. This isn’t brain surgery here, by the way.
And the same may apply to you too.
You may have your hands gripping the wheel of life because you believe that the only way you will ever be successful and reach your dreams is if you control every single aspect of it.
Maybe in the short-term it’s working for you. But eventually the your energy will wear down and you will be burnt out.
Sometimes taking ourselves too seriously can choke the life out of creativity. It can deter your dreams because you close off the potential for inspiration, serendipitous moments, opportunities that come by chance.
That’s not to say that success and dreams don’t come from hard work, patience and persistence. But sometimes when you’ve done all of that and you’re still going nowhere, the best thing you can do is breathe.
Oh and have a little giggle too.
To be honest, in “real” life, I’m a lot more silly than serious. Some friends know me only for my silly side. And that’s side has helped me to do well in life. It’s allowed me to be creative, to make mistakes without believing that it’s the end of the world and to be open to possibility.
So to help get you started, here are a few LOL videos.