One of the major themes of my life lately has been, doing things for no other reason than it makes me happy to do it. In the past, I have always felt that nothing was worth doing unless the thing being done yielded some kind of profitable result. Unless something made money, made someone else happy, or was in service to a larger goal, it wasn’t worth doing.
As a result, I found myself trying and failing to turn all of my hobbies into profitable endeavors. I tried to sell terrible paintings just to justify the amount of money that I had spent on painting supplies. I quit writing all together because I knew I would never become an author. I stopped singing in the shower.
I don’t know where this idea came from. The idea that we have to be making money from something in order to justify investing our time and money into it. Can’t someone paint a picture simply because they love it even if they are a subpar artist? Can’t someone sing because it brings them joy even though they may sing off key? I want the answer to these questions to be yes.
This world is so crazy, that I don’t want to deny myself joy simply because that which brings me joy is not profitable. Fighting against my instincts, I am going to read because I love to read. I’m going to write for my blog that no one reads because it brings me peace. I’m going to color and do puzzles because they keep my mind focused away from my anxiety. I’m going to binge watch t.v because it relaxes me. I’m going to invite my mom over for game nights because spending time with her and my kids makes me happy. I’m going to start planning for my future again because I deserve a good one.
I am inviting as much joy and peace into my life as I can and I hope that you are doing the same. What are some things that you love to do? What brings you joy? What areas are you working on in your life right now? I would love to hear from you in the comment section below. If you enjoyed this post, please shoot me a like, comment, or follow.
Love Always, AnxiouslyM