Getting Past Slumps

Confession: I find Vancouver summers to be frustrating at times. For example, right now. During the last month that I’ve spent here, I’ve had sunburns, gone swimming, been way too hot outside and drank margaritas. But lately, it’s been a bit different. Clouds, a little bit of rain, and warm temperatures make me want to do anything but be outside.

When the sun’s out, I make plans and go out and actually do things! I feel like I can do anything, and have motivation!

So last night, when I had successfully finished watching 3 Gossip Girl episodes in a row on my computer, I decided I needed to turn towards a collection of quotations that always makes me feel determined and ready to be productive.

The first one is something I have posted on this blog about two years ago. It’s basically what turned my life around completely last year and made me a much happier person:

Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live with unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and incredible beauty.” — Jon Krakauer

That’s all I wanted to share for now; I hope that if you’re in a slump right now, you’re able to challenge yourself in your own ways and get past it. It is summer, after all!



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