Pushing through the lull

It happens to the best of us. Those moments in life where you just feel stuck in neutral. Things are happening around you but you’re not moving forward. You’re just there, watching things unfold around you.

It’s not a sense of depression or hopelessness or anything. It’s just a m’eh feeling. The day isn’t defined as good or bad, but just the same as the day before. Which isn’t a bad thing, it’s just something of note. A pause button, if you will. A time to reflect.

I have no doubt it’s linked to the pandemic and life sort of being in that weird space of in between the world you once new and the world that has yet to be but I’m finding it terribly hard to be creative in such a static place lately.

It’s my summer break where I usually have a long list of projects I want to work on while there is free time to do it. And I have a list. A big one. I just don’t feel motivated to scratch them off the list right now.

Ironically, I’ve become addicted to YouTube reaction videos of shows, songs, things that I love, because if I can’t seem to be creatively jazzed, then maybe watching others receive that creative payoff is a close second?

I don’t think I’m alone in this void. In fact, I know I’m not. Many of my creative friends are feeling this or have felt it during this pandemic. I’d be curious to see what pulled you out of gear, or if you’re still stuck there.

This happened to me at the start of the pandemic and I needed to resort to old favorite books and movies to get my mojo back. Perhaps I’ll need to do that again. Or maybe I just have to unplug my Wi-Fi and sit down at the computer and just do the things. And maybe that’s what I’ll do. Right after I catch the latest reaction to the most recent episode of Loki. 😉

Danielle Bannister, author and sometimes creator


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