2am Thoughts

Why You Should Do Something Just For The Sake Of Doing It

Recently I’ve had not only writer’s block, but ‘everything else’ block also. I have been unable to find motivation and inspiration due to a number of reasons but the biggest one always seems to be ‘what’s the point?’

I have these random ideas pop into my head but I instantly shut them down before they even have a chance to evolve and make it out of my head. I would sit there and think to myself ‘I’ll review this game’ but within that same second I would also think ‘but IGN already covered it and therefore my contribution would be meaningless.”

That may be the case but I believe it’s important to do something just for the sake of it. Movement is contagious, you can’t get caught up doing nothing if you’re always doing something. Like this post for example, I wasn’t going to write it, I wasn’t going to do the little poster with the cat and I was convinced it would be pointless to even try. But here I am with my fingers mashing away at the keyboard, and I’ll tell you something, I really do feel better. Each sentence is flowing out onto the screen without me even really thinking about it. I think the problem that I was having was that I was convinced that there is no point in doing something if someone else has already done it, which I now know is stupid.

I have had this idea in my head for an article for a while now. I want to write about how there is a common misconception that in order to do something, you have to be really good at it. I was going to use skateboarding as an example because I have recently rekindled my love for the sport. I’m nowhere near as good as I used to be, but I am too old to be throwing myself down flights of stairs now. Does that mean I shouldn’t bother riding my board down the street? Not at all. If you enjoy something and it’s not hurting anyone then there really isn’t anything stopping you from going out and doing it.

I think as soon as I finish writing this, I will get to work on that article. That there is a perfect example of movement, progression or whatever you want to call it, being contagious.

I’ll end this article with this helpful little question map that I will do my best to start using more often and I hope it helps you too. I will use doing a review of the upcoming remastered GTA V for Xbox One/PS4 as an example.

What do I want to do?

I want to do an article or video review/feature on GTA V.

Why shouldn’t I do it?

Because one million and three people will already be doing it.
Because bigger companies/people like IGN/Smosh will be doing it.
Because no one will read/watch it.
Because it’s pointless.
Because I’m not very funny or interesting enough for people to pay attention.
Because I’m bad at writing/video editing.
Because I should be doing something that will directly benefit me.

Why should I do it?

Because I want to, and I can.

That right there is a pretty great example, I think if you sit down and ask yourself those three questions, no matter how many points there are in the ‘why shouldn’t I do it’, if the answer to ‘why should I do it?’ is because I want to/can, then always do it. Unless you’re hurting someone or doing something illegal of course, then probably don’t do it.

I will hopefully have the video/feature up this weekend!

In the meantime, do any of you have anything you’ve been holding back on trying because of stuff like this? I’d love to hear about it.

Comment below or tweet at me on twitter @pikalew

I will also have a pretty big update in the next few days about something I’m very excited about sharing with you all, so stay tuned!

– L

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