Unforgiving and overdisciplined
How unforgiving and overdisciplined we have become.
We not only can’t forgive others but also ourselves.
We are harsher on ourselves than we are on others. We judge and punish ourselves if we think that we have not done what we expected to do. We deprive ourselves of the kindness we preach ourselves to offer to others.
We berate ourselves over not being able to write well, write regularly, build an audience, summon our muse or being good enough when all the time learning, getting better and not giving up.
We are killing ourselves with discipline we impose on ourselves. What to eat, when to eat, how much to eat, when to sleep, how much to sleep, how much exercise to do, who many words to write in a day, what goals to set, how challenging they should be.
All these aspirations are not making us any more creative. They are in fact killing our creativity.
With all the advances in the twenty-first century, we have not found a way to free the human spirit. Instead, we have imprisoned it to fulfill our wants. And wants never end. They keep on becoming bigger and bigger.
How about waking up from this delusion and liberating ourselves. Be kind to ourselves. Let go of the pressure of performance, productivity, and achievement and let the mind wander freely into the realm of true creativity.