Update February 4th: Check out 5 More Excuses I Hear Far Too Often
Excuses. We all make them on a daily basis, allowing them to hold us back from doing something we love. But why do we allow this? Why do we allow ourselves to make up reasons why we shouldn’t do something, despite knowing that we really should? I do my best to write at least two blog posts each day – it’s a habit I have just recently forced myself to get into. Sit down somewhere quiet where I can think and just type out whatever it is I am feeling that day. Seems simple enough, but when you think about it, I wonder why I had not been doing this since the start of my blog. Yes, there have been a few times when I would sit down and write for an hour or so, but it would only ever last a week or two before something else came up and I made an excuse not to do it for a while. And my blog has been struggling because of it. That’s why there has not been all that much content since August. Until recently, the whole Tuesday and Thursday publishing was a complete wreck.
So, again I ask, why do we do this to ourselves?
Because I don’t have enough time
Allow me to start off by saying that this excuse is just utter bullshit. There are 24 hours in a day. If you work an 8-hour shift, that allows for 16 hours of the day. Take away another 8 hours for sleep and you still have 8 hours to do whatever it is you want. In 8 hours, you can accomplish almost anything you set your mind to. So why are you allowing yourself to think otherwise? Even if, for one reason or another, you decide you only really have one hour of free time, that is still a lot of time. Instead of wasting that time on the internet, on social media, or even just watching television, why not use it to further yourself?
I’m just too busy with other tasks
This goes hand-in-hand with the “not enough time” excuse. It simply should not exist. If you are truly passionate about something, then you will find time to do it. Setting aside even a single hour each week to do something you enjoy will not only help you out physically and mentally, but it may also turn out to be a viable way to make money in the future, so long as you continue to work on it. Finding time for yourself is a necessity, not an option.
Even if I do that, I won’t stand out or get noticed, so what’s the point
First of all, you should not get into anything in hopes of making a living off of it. You should not be getting into photography, or painting, or any other extracurricular activity to make money. That’s not the right reason to do it. Especially when it comes to photography and the arts, it is very difficult to make money, which is why so many artists must work full-time jobs to support their passions. But if you notice, they do not give up on their work. Instead, they suck it up for a while until they are able to support themselves with their art. And if they never are able to accomplish that, they are still happy. Why? Because they are doing something they love. Fame and fortune – that’s not the reason you do something. You do it because you love it. End of story.
Well, my equipment just is not good enough
C’mon now, have you not read my previous post about this? If you haven’t, and you truly are using this excuse, you need to go read it now. Just click here.
Still, I am not creative enough to do that
I don’t believe that. Not at all. Everyone is born creative. Think back to the times when you colored the sky red and the cows purple, just because you could. The school system has effectively stripped most of society of this innate creativity, forcing us into the status quo. Ever notice how, past elementary school, we no longer are required to take an art course? Many schools have even chosen to defund their art program as well, just because it is seen as a “waste of money.” I completely disagree with that. Regardless, we are all creative in our own way. Some of us need to dig a bit deeper to find that creative bubble within our minds, but I promise you it is there. It never went away – it just chose to sleep.
No excuse is good enough
There is absolutely no reason as to why you should be making excuses. Instead of wasting time making up reasons to not do something, why not just get up and do it? I believe in you. You got this.