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Is inspiration absolutely necessary?

I've been having one of those weeks where I'm uninspired. I'm feeling pretty mellow, which is not a state of being I have typically enjoyed.

In fact, I had a habit of quickly shifting into negativity whenever I've felt this way in the past.

That's because I used to be weary of feeling uninspired. I worried I might stay in this state, and it would have dire consequences for my life and work. I believed I couldn't be productive or creative unless I felt invigorated, and energized.

So, I took feeling uninspired as a sign. It meant that I wasn't on the right path, and I should give up. It meant I was broken and needed to prioritize fixing myself first and foremost. It meant I wasn't good enough so why even bother. It was not a fun place to be.

But that's changed. In the last few years, I've re-calibrated my nervous system so I feel peaceful when I'm mellow.

And now, I don't need to feel inspired to be creative.  I don't need inspiration to show up and do my work.

That's not to say I plow through signs my body or mind needs some rest or rejuvenation.

Listening to and meeting my body's needs remains a high priority.

But I don't need to lament feeling uninspired or freak out. I can just sit down, work and trust that I'll create something of value. Eventually.

Sometimes inspiration follows action.

But ultimately, it's not absolutely necessary. Inspiration is nice to have. But a consistent practice of showing up and making things regardless of inspiration is much more reliable.

So if you're feeling uninspired too, it's ok. Take a deep breath, and just get started.

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