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Consistency vs. Passion

Wow, okay, so I wasn't sure if I would actually use the blog feature on here. I don't know if anyone will even actually read these? I guess I don't care either way, but it would be cool if someone did. 

Its gonna be kind of weird because I'm using my "writing voice" on this instead of my casual internet shit-posting voice you can see all over the rest of my page. I just kind of wanted to use these as a place to talk more in-depth about stuff when it's on my mind and I think it would be kind of silly and distracting "2 b talkin like dis :33 lol" (Why am I so annoying haha anyways.)

Recently I watched a youtube video from Elizabeth Filips about consistency in setting goals and how it's particularly hard for some people with neurodivergent brains. The things she said in the video really stuck with me so I wanted to talk about it for a little bit. 

For me, it's always been a struggle to have consistency with anything in my life. Whether its what type of clothes I want to wear or how I want my furniture arranged or what sort of art style to draw with, I'm always in a constant state of changing. It's pretty easy to get stuck in the mindset that this is a bad thing, because we put so much emphasis on consistency and often tack it on with topics like responsibility and success. 

Unfortunately, consistency isn't very neurodivergent-friendly. I have a pretty strong case of ADHD and I'm unmedicated due to personal limitations. Doing things like making a daily schedule, following simple routines, or making tangible goals for the future are really hard for me. 

The flipside to this, though, is that my interests are constantly shifting and when I'm interested in something for a while, I get really into it, to the point of spending time with that thing constantly and learning as much as I can about it. I have a lot of passion and capacity to pay attention to the things that I'm interested in. In the youtube video, Elizabeth brought up a really cool idea of taking that passion and using it as a sort of hack to get your brain to do things. 

Before she wants to do a task, she "primes" her brain by looking at information about it to try and get herself to be interested in it and like the subject enough, so that by the time she's ready to start the task, she's built up enough passion and interest in the thing that she can sit down and power through it with a deeply focused mind for a longer amount of time than one normally could. 

I think this is such a smart idea! I don't know how applicable it is for everything but it could definitely work for some stuff. Personally, I intend to use this idea to motivate myself in my creative writing. Part of what I do in my writing is I'll come up with an idea and just try to write about it, but I'll always end up getting writer's block and staring at an empty text document for an hour. Then afterwards, I just feel like I let myself down and it sucks! 

I think if I were to try and make myself more passionate about the subject of the writing and not just about the act of writing itself, then I might be more inclined to start writing, and maybe even actually finish a story! Imagine that. In hindsight this kind of feels like common sense, but I honestly never thought to do it that way. 

I think it will also help to sort of wrangle my brain and stop beating myself up when I don't do what all the super successful famous writing people say to do, which is to write consistently and constantly so that you improve over time. My brain just isn't wired that way! And that's fine! If I want to write half a book in two days and then not touch it for three months, that's fine! 

I'm not being paid for my writing, it's just a hobby, so I think it's okay if I'm not doing it "the right way" by other people's standards. I think this can be applied to so many other things in life too. Anyways, I just wanted to talk about this a little bit, I think that's all I really had to say on the topic. If anyone is reading this and you feel like it, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter too! 

Catch ya later! 

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I'm sure you know by now lol, but I'm also constantly changing. I feel like if I stick with one thing it's bad and I need to change to make it better. I'm not usually one for doing research, a lot of time research will frustrate me, but that might be because the type of things I've researched last was things like how to make a business plan lol. Just tough topics. I think researching could definitely help in creating passion though, so I'll give it a try next time!

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You definitely should love! You know I'll always be around to help if you need it too!! Research date when? ^_^

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Ohmygosh a research date!? Odd, but cute lol.

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