Fun And/Or Rewarding?
February 20, 2011
When should you throw in the towel? When should you say, "I've had enough beating my head at this door. I'm done."
I don't have an answer for you.
I do think there comes a point where you ask yourself, "Am I having fun?"
The answer does not always have to be yes. Writing, like almost any difficult activity, is not always going to be fun. Sometimes it's work.
Hopefully rewarding work.
Which brings up the question: What is "rewarding" for you?
Rewarding can mean emotionally satisfying.
Rewarding can mean financially satisfying.
Rewarding can mean creatively fulfilling, and if you can somehow parse the difference between "emotionally satisfying" go ahead and share it with me. I do, but it's too complicated for me today.
What happens when your answer is: It's not financially satisfying and recently it hasn't been emotionally OR creatively satisfying?
Maybe you should hang in there and something will turn around.
Maybe you should take a break.
Maybe you SHOULD throw in the towel and find something else to do with your time. After all, our time and energy is not infinite. You may come to a point in your life where you shrug and say, "It doesn't mean as much to me as it used to."
I think that's okay.
What do you think?