This morning I received a wonderful email from a photographer thanking me for something I wrote. In it he mentioned how he had been struggling mentally with The Big Question: should I keep at this or bag it?
His timing couldn’t have been better as I had been struggling a bit myself lately. Between school and trying to keep up with the industry not to mention any personal life and, well, I had been a bit melancholy. Not that I was about to quit or anything, but the work has not been easy lately.
But his thanks reminded me of why I’m going through all this–because I want to help creatives and get no greater satisfaction than when someone says “thanks.” I’m totally revitalized now and excited about my long day of classes today. Yea!
Enough about me, though, and back to The Big Question. We all face it. Everyone, from CEOs to stars to the parent trying to get her/his kid to do homework (etc.), hits that wall. It’s normal to question “why am I putting myself through this hell?!” especially when things are tough.
And for many people, they are mighty tough these days.
But don’t let that wall stop you. Don’t let the wall win. Look inside and see if you still love something about what it is you are trying to do–my guess is that there is still that passion there. Just like the frazzled mom/dad who feels like throttling the kids while they misbehave in public, or the photographer who gets another “offer” to shoot a job for practically nothing–at that moment it is hard to remember the love that brought you to this place in your life.
Take a moment and find it again. When you do, that wall won’t seem so impossibly high anymore. It’s still something you have to get past, and that will require work, but now, I bet, you’ll find your way to finding a way over, under, around, or even through it (as Judy Herrmann says so well).