What's Your Excuse? We All Have One...
I was talking to a friend recently about exercise, and the same old excuse reared its ugly head. Not enough time. He was actually the second friend of mine last month to make that statement. I get it. I am not judging because this is my go to "reason" when I am unable to find the time to work out. But we all know the reality of not doing something is usually more about convenience and motivation, and less to do with time.
Convenience and motivation apply to so many things we put off doing. If only I had the time to do the laundry, to pull those weeds, or to finish those home projects. The time is there, but the motivation is not. We all find the time to hang with friends, or go to the movies, or just veg out in front of the telly.
I have found that as I have gotten older I have become more disciplined, and better able to manage my time, but I can always find an excuse to not do the hard or the dreaded. Take for example the book I am writing. The book is basically finished except for one chapter. A chapter that is two-thirds into the book that I skipped over. I know what the chapter entails but I cannot write this chapter. I have literally procrastinated writing this chapter for about four months. I start at least once a week, but I can't do it.
It's an odd sort of writer's block. Complete mental block. I can usually write at the drop of a hat. Give me a topic and I can go. But for some reason I cannot move forward. Maybe because the chapter is supposed to be about love, and pain, and longing. Everything that I am currently experiencing. But I cannot do it. My heart and mind are clouded with so much emotion right now.
So that's my excuse. I cannot break free mentally, so my characters cannot have their happy ending. What's your excuse for not doing? We all have one, right? What to do? No seriously, words of wisdom are welcomed.