by Phoenix A. Desertsong, The Perpetual Prose Machine
I can't tell you how many times I've asked myself, "Where Am I Going With This?" My mind tends to wander more than most I've been told. Sometimes this is a good thing, as I then discover trains of thought that haven't left the station yet. Other times I get quite derailed. I'm also not sure what is up with all of these train metaphors... where am I going with this?
It's not just writing that can seem to lead to nowhere. Many things in life seem to have no discernible goal or endpoint. I'm not always sure everything that I do has to have a purpose, even if I try to give it one. Goals are good, yes, but sometimes I set my expectations to be a bit too unrealistic. I used to be better at keeping expectations low so that I could be easily impressed, I guess. But my standards have risen, apparently.
Where am I going with this?
Perhaps sometimes you just have to sit there and let yourself think in circles for a moment. I sort of do this everyday, and often not very productively. So it's about time that I just let myself type again. You never know what's going to come out.
But where I'm really going with this is, if you feel like you're stuck or going in circles or headed into oblivion, it's not a bad idea to sit back for a moment and reflect. You don't always have to be making progress. Some days you just won't. Then again, I've become a little obsessed with always finding some little bit of progress so that my day doesn't feel unproductive. And perhaps I shouldn't do this, because sometimes true progress doesn't show itself in an easily tangible way.
I'm not entirely sure where I'm even going with blogging anymore, really. But there are two things of which I'm entirely certain. One, the words in my head and the thoughts they are associated with need to go somewhere. And two, I want to help others. There are plenty of people out there that still don't fully appreciate the power that someone typing in front of a computer screen can have.
I do. Often that power is abused. But then, it can do so much good. I want to blog to raise others up.
Where am I going with this?
Just do what you do. Sometimes you'll fail. I do that a lot. It's OK, as long as you pick yourself back up and doing what you love.
I guess this went somewhere after all :)
~ Phoenix <3
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Often known by her nickname "Ami," Ms. Phoenix Amelia Desertsong has written for many online publications, often under pen names.