“Gotta do stuff you love”

Had a super inspiring chat with one of my best buds the other night. I walked around one of the smaller parks by our house picking up sticks to use for kindling being floored by how smart and strong he is.

He’s going through a lot right now to say the least. We all have stuff and it’s all relative, but on paper, he probably wins. His challenges are hitting the tuff spots like family and work β€” all while, like all of us, trying to stay healthy during a global pandemic, and mentally healthy during infinity political stress.

His “hack”, his “11 ways to…,” his method that admittedly mostly works for staying up through all this: “You gotta do stuff you love.”

He listens to his heart, trusts what he loves to do, and knows he needs to do it to feel better. For him, that’s making art and collaborating on art with friends.

As someone who admittedly over thinks this stuff πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ β€” I’m amazed at how straight up and honest he is about what he’s going through, and how he uses the same inflection when talking about his simple solution.

It isn’t easy. The proof is in the dozens of other convos we have with folks in our life where we hear about all the hard stuff happening (legit) β€” but less-so ideas for feeling better.

He deserves full props for a convo that went something like:

  1. Are y’all good?
  2. Word glad to hear, here’s some hard stuff I’m going through.
  3. It’s ok though, this is what I’m doing to feel better.
  4. It’s up and down, but I know I gotta do what I love.

To top this off he’s even psyched about a potential new job and we worked on his resume a bit the next day. (One of my fav things to do in the world)

I always intend to do what I love but I’m hella prone to overthinking it or even forgetting (“Oh yeah, biking!”) β€” so I hope he knows how helpful this was for me. If it seems obvious maybe you’re already on the right track. I’m sure the people in your life appreciate it.

My friend has all the reasons to complain and give in. There’s plenty of wack shit to go around for all of us right now. It’s usually right there in our pocket just waiting 😈

I hope his straightforward approach inspires you too.

I love writing stuff down and sharing it, so here’s me doing what I love to feel better. I know that’s important because doing your fav stuff is doing you (shoutout, Apache), and doing you is always doing for the CREWπŸ§‘πŸ’™