Do The Job.
It’s a phrase written on the dry erase board over my bookshelf. A small reminder to myself. Do. The. Job.
I don’t remember where I saw it, initially. I think a friend shared something on Instagram. I don’t remember. It stuck in my head, though. And I scribbled it on the board over a year ago.
Do the job.
The job in question?
I love to write. It’s what ‘brings me joy.’ My head becomes way too cluttered when I don’t. Some days I’m working on a novel, others I’m writing simply for my own entertainment.
Stories I’ll never share with the world.
My way to relax?
And therein lies the problem.
When one of your hobbies or ways to relax becomes ‘the job,’ it adds a lay of stress to your joy. It adds a deadline. Responsibilities. I don’t just want to write–I have to.
It’s often a struggle. One of the reasons I wrote the phrase on my board was a reminder. If it’s what I do, I need to do it.
Take a break when required.
Step back when needed.
But eventually, I have to do the job and write.