Over the last days I've been left feeling rather uninspired, and I think in this day and age it's very easy to feel down but even easier to give up. This past week I've read two amazing books, one by Sophia Amoruso "#Girlboss" and another brilliant read by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, "we should all be feminists".
The protagonist in #Girlboss is pretty much the epitome of what all women want to be. Allow me to elaborate... we all want to follow our dreams down the yellow brick road and at the end of it find a pot of gold, also known as the CEO of a major corporation. What I love about this book is it tells the tale of her struggles to getting there, rather than it is about her success now.
The days where I feel uninspired, or unmotivated, I allow myself that. I try not to compare myself to other's (even though it's easier said than done) and if need be, I have an "off" day (or two).
"To be happy and smiley all the time, is not mental health- that's crap (queue Grey's Anatomy)".
I think knowing that we all have our bad days and understanding that it is okay (and not seen as a life failure) should be accepted and allowed by ourselves without putting pressure to always slap that smile on our faces.
Chimamanda Adichie emphasizes my above point in her book, by stating that women should be able to do as they please, lead the way they want to and live their lives according to themselves. Obviously the culture's we come from dictate different ideas, but I think, to not let yourself get consumed by that mentality is the real key to being successful in your own right and in the way that you want to be.
What works for me, when I feel unmotivated is to remove myself from my comfort zone and do anything that completely distracts me from what's keeping me down (but only when I'm ready to get back on the horse). As women we all put pressures on ourselves to look, dress and act in a certain way, but sometimes you need to just not care that much and let go of that idea that you won't be as desired or worthwhile without those attributes. Because at the end of the day you are worth it (as Maybelline keeps telling us) and having one or two "off" day's does not define you.