Take a break from what you love.
We are often told to not give more than we can, we are cautioned against pouring from an empty cup. Yes, that is how we become better and fuller versions of ourselves. We are advised to pursue what we want because it wants us too. But what happens when the excitement wears off? When the cup is empty? When we are tired of filling up the cup?
Perhaps it is time to take a break from the things you love. You do not have to replace them with what you hate or the most challenging ones. Take a leaf from my book : I have a podcast called #TheSeatWithSlu where I have spreading positivity during the early stages of the lockdown. I love radio so the podcast is like a window into what I really would like to do someday. The podcast, to me, is home. I am at my best and my most creative when I am on the mic. However, it gets tiring. Tiring, not boring. Michael Tshepo Tabane, the ambassador of hope, once said to me “if it is repetitive, it is tiring”.
You might feel bad for having not finished that book you started writing in January or stopping with that course you were doing just two months ago. It is okay to feel that way. There is nothing wrong with taking a moment to gather your thoughts and simply pull yourself towards yourself. Remember when your favorite musician took a year break and came back stronger and better? That is exactly why you should take a break from the things you love: to come back only to love them better and harder.
In the times we live, many of us feel the need to achieve certain things by certain ages. It is almost like someone is holding a checklist against us. The pressure is real and it can be felt. There is no running away from it. However, in occupying spaces and building the legacies we so much desire, it is important that we are able to breath and function fully. There is no point in doing things for the sake of doing them. There has to be intention, intention breeds direction, and direction is better than speed.
With all this said, I want to urge you to move forward with a bit more intention and ease on yourself. It does not matter how much you love that project, job, course, hobby, just take a break from it. In that break, you will see how much you actually love what you do. Even better you will get new ideas of improving it and being more impactful with it. There is nothing wrong with doing what you love- but there is everything wrong with putting what you love before your own well-being. So go ahead and take that small break, breath and come back stronger and more creative.
The break will pay!++
Blogpost by: Selokela Molamodi
Editor: Tokelo Hlagala