If you haven’t picked up on it yet — I like goals. They give me structure, challenge, and satisfaction. But sometimes you make a goal, or aspire to do something, and just plain fail. You can’t keep up with it. It’s not fun any more. It’s not worth finishing.
I started this year off wanting to participate in those one-a-day photos trends on Instagram. I really like the challenge of taking your photography to the next level, and I love following people who consistently post a day. It’s fun to see how people interpret a word differently through an artful photo and I thought it would be a great chance to improve my photography.
But in reality? The exercise stressed me out. I just don’t think about Instagram when I am at work all day, which left a short window of time in the evening, and I usually ended up climbing into bed upset that I forgot to post… yet again. I wasn’t good at it, and the challenge brought me stress instead of joy, even when I did post. So, I said sayonara to the challenge and continued to randomly post whenever I felt like it.
This may be a silly example, but I think a lot of us do things just because it’s popular, not because we really like it. Just because something is popular, doesn’t mean it’s something you should do. It’s oddly freeing giving up on something you don’t like and admitting you aren’t good. It relieves the pressure.
And while we’re confessing things, I don’t like kale. I really don’t. I know it’s popular, but people, it doesn’t taste good. I also am not a creative cook. I wish I could whip up random ingredients together in the kitchen and serve a masterpiece meal, but I can’t. I have to follow the recipe every single time.
Now your turn: What are you giving up or admitting?
Maybe you think Downton Abbey is boring.
Or you started a blog and can’t keep up with it.
Or you hate chevron patterns.
Or you can’t stand Ryan Gossling.
Or you would prefer to buy a pillow than to make one yourself.
It’s okay. We don’t all have to do or like the popular thing.