Hello there my lovelies! It’s Sunday, and today I’m not feeling that great so this post will be short and sweet. Today I’m giving you My Two Cents on Being in a Rut.
As of lately I’ve been experiencing a bit of burnout. There’s a lot happening in my personal and professional life, and I can’t seem to find the motivation or inspiration to write, or read for that matter. I've tried editing, and re-reading my own manuscripts, tried reading books by other authors, even tried writing for this blog and nothing feels exactly right.
In fact, today’s post was meant to be a review but I couldn’t get into the book. So it turned into a post about movie adaptations and that led to me discovering I have absolutely nothing to say about that topic (except,*unpopular opinion* sometimes I really love a book to film adaptation).
So that’s my long winded way of saying, I’m taking a break. My mind is at war with itself, and I am having trouble being inspired and my solution to that historically has been to take a step back. So that’s what I’m doing. Sometimes, I find the quickest way out of a rut is to allow yourself to fall completely into it. Think of it like hiking into a vast crevasse.
(😂😂😂) Anyway, you have a couple options, climb to the bottom, then climb back up. Or fall to the bottom and climb back out. In my opinion, if you struggle down into the rut, clawing and fighting to avoid going in, by the time it’s time to climb back out, you’re exhausted. So you may end up prolonging the rut for weeks or months. But if you allow the rut to win, you may find you have more energy to crawl back out of it.
That was a weird metaphor, but I think you get the point. Don’t avoid ruts. They’re a natural part of the process, because people aren’t meant to be creative all the time. It’s hard not to fight it, but I find just giving in is sometimes easier.
Falling into a rut for me looks like not writing or reading. It looks like watching trash TV or re-runs of my favorite show. It looks like taking day-trips with my family to a well known ice cream plant, or lying in bed all day watching movie after movie I didn’t realize I’d missed since 2020. It’s taking a break from social media, and focusing on reality. It’s just not having the drive to create. And letting myself believe that that’s ok.
The point is, ruts come in all shapes and sizes, and they’ll look different for everyone. Which means getting out of it will look different for everyone too. But for now, I plan to fall into mine so I can conserve the energy to crawl out the other side. So until then, if you don’t hear from me on this blog or social media, I’m just taking a mental break. Don’t fret… I’ll be back!
That’s it folks! That’s my two cents on Being in a Rut. They happen to everyone, and working through it is a personal path, but don’t beat yourself up! Allow yourself the space to fall into the void so that you can come out the other side reinvigorated.
-Rose Rayne Rivers
Comment below and tell me what you do when you get in a rut? Tips for getting out?
Also, let me know if you have any topics you want me to cover in the upcoming weeks!
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