This being the third week in January, many people are making resolutions to improve their lives. If your resolution is to lower your consumption for whatever reason, continue reading as I’ll discuss how to create instead of consume.
Now, I have nothing against consumption, because it in itself isn’t bad. Going out to eat, buying things, watching movies, and playing video games are normal parts of life. But my problem is how much time we in the world spend on consumption. When coworkers discuss how they spent their free time, many of them devoted a good majority of the weekend binge-watching videos, playing videos games, or going out to bars or restaurants. And when it’s my turn to talk, I feel weird saying I spent time reading a book, writing, and working on my blog.
Why Is Not Creating Anything A Problem?
When you spend most of your time, or all your time, consuming media and entertainment, you waste your time. Don’t get me wrong: I think it’s fine to spend some time on YouTube or social media websites or binge-watching Netflix. It helps you decompress. But the more time you waste (or spend) on consumption, is time you can’t use to accomplish the goals you set out for yourself.
When I play video games, I put a time-limit on it. But sometimes I lose myself and go over it. So I end up telling myself “I’ll quit after the next save point” and I don’t. But then I remember too much of a good thing is bad so I go ahead and end the game.
And I do have a theory why people do this: To protect ourselves from criticism and failure.
Because when you sit down and create whatever you want (be it a painting, a book, a podcast, etc.), you put yourself out in the world and open yourself to criticism. In addition, you open yourself to failure. There’s a chance no one will consume your media. Those feelings hurt. They cause you to not create again. So I think some people choose consumption to keep themselves from those crappy feelings.
How To Create Instead Of Consume: Find Your Inspiration
When I create, I feel awesome! I’m tapping an inner energy that my day-job doesn’t bring out. I can’t wait to get home to sit down at my computer and write. Yes, I get stuck at times, but I push through the writer’s block. Then ideas pop into my head, and I write them down so I don’t forget them. Because when I forget a great idea, I get mad!
Your inspiration is probably different than mine. Maybe you want to create a side-business so you can work toward full-time self-employment. Or maybe you always wanted to write a book or create a song, so you work every day towards that goal.
To find your inspiration, you need time to yourself so you can listen to your thoughts. Put down the video game or close the Netflix app. Sit down with a pen and pad and find out why you want to create.
Water Your Plants
A good while back, I had a dream about watering plants. The plants were wilted but not dead. So I got a jug of water and took a good amount of time watering the plants of various sizes in their pots.
After waking up, I visited Dream Moods to find out what the dream meant. This was the explanation for seeing plants in my dream:
To see plants in your dream indicate fertility, spiritual development, potential, and growth. Alternatively, the appearance of plants in your dream reflect your caring and loving nature. If you are estranged from your children, then the plants may be seen as representative for your children.
In particular, to see indoor plants in your dream suggest that your growth is being hindered or slowed in some way. You are experiencing a lack of independence. Alternatively, the dream signifies your desire to be closer to nature.
To see droopy, withered or dead plants in your dream suggest that you are at a standstill in your life. You are lacking initiative.
Dreaming that plants are growing at a rapid pace or that the plants are growing right before your eyes mean that time is passing you by. You are taking certain things for granted or that you are not taking the time to notice the little things in life.
The part that stood out to met was the third definition, because I understood the plants as my writing talent that I neglected for so long. And that was true. For years I worked jobs that weren’t exactly my passion to 1) get out of debt and 2) pay the bills. And during my time-off, I didn’t write at all. Instead, I played video games or just watched videos. But my dream came about a time when I developed a total revamp for this website and started writing new material again.
But I understood that it will take time for my plants to get back to full health. And once they are back to full health, I must water them frequently as to keep my plants from wilting again.
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