This was my view the other night when walking home from the gym. I decided to rotate the image below because I like how it changes the shot. It feels to me like a cross between the movies Inception and Interstellar, the world seems to be bending before an endless universe.

I find my motivation fluctuates constantly for the many things I want to do in life. Whether it is save money, go to the gym or plan an itinerary for my next travel, my eagerness is always at risk of dwindling. One day I could wake up from an early alarm easily and jump at the thought of the gym. The following week, it may be the last thing I want to do. My motivation seems like it could move mountains at times, only for it to come crashing down and it feels like I need to lift a mountainous weight just to get up and pack my gym gear.

Despite this fluctuation, one thing hasn’t been affected and that is my blog. Some days I spend less time on it, but even then I am still on it. Even when I do not feel like writing, I do it. I imagine that is how some people I walk by reach their peak fitness levels, by going to the gym even without the desire. Just doing it and fighting off any complacency. If personal fitness is someones passion, a lack of motivation won’t prevent a gym session. The same with a passionate musician, bleeding fingers won’t prevent someone practicing that song.

And with this in mind, my blog is my passion.

I think it is important to at least have one passion, that one thing that we do even when we don’t feel like it. When tiredness makes us consider a day off but doesn’t result in a day off. When it would be easier to stay in bed that extra hour but the end results are worth that annoying alarm call. If we have something that we are doing even at times when we don’t want to, we are doing something we are dedicated to.

So despite my sudden motivation to go to the gym the other night after work, it isn’t a passion like blogging is for me. I don’t know when I will take this walk back home from the gym again, it depends how I am feeling and how much my motivation builds.

What I do know is that no matter how I am feeling tomorrow, I will be here to blog again. Regardless of mood and tiredness, wifi troubles and double shifts at work, I will be posting when I am able to. I am thankful that I have something in my life that I feel so dedicated to, and I hope you have that passion too.



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    1. Thanks! The nice comments do help a lot though, I wasn’t always as motivated to blog but I have found it much easier over time 🙂

    2. Its good you found something you are passionate about.It is only when you are passionate about something,that you get to impact lives and put a smile on your face too during that process

    1. Blogging wasn’t always a passion, but it did develop into one over time. You may do something now that you really begin to take seriously one day or develop a love for, if not there are millions of things out there to discover and I am sure there is something out there for you!

  1. Blogging is great, I agree! And the gym motivation does come and go. If you are focused on getting yourself to a point that you want to go, you will. I don’t always have the motivation to go but I make myself and I’m glad I do usually.

    1. I am jealous of your motivation for the gym haha. However I bet you see results pretty fast as you are determined to go, and I am sure that helps motivate you also!

      1. Everytime I use the treadmill I find that I can run faster each time. Maybe it is like a placebo effect, but there is a difference! I’m sure you will see progress, fingers crossed 🙂

  2. I deal with fluctuating motivation too, particularly with exercise! I’m happy you’ve found the passion of your blog. I understand it – I paint every day, whether or not I’m feeling it. It’s a lucky place to be in. 🙂

    1. At least we have found what we enjoy doing! I used to love painting and drawing as a kid, and although I promise myself from time to time that I will do it again it hasn’t really happened. What kind of paintings?

      1. Well if you pick it up again I hope you post your art! I’d love to see it :3 I do contemporary on location/plein air landscapes. :3

      2. Nice 🙂 I don’t know if I would have the confidence to post it, I would need a lot of practice! Haha.

      1. I had the same issues with being short, & rather large in the chest, so I had to alter everything store-bought. Making my own clothing helped a lot. I made everything for the kids, & many for my husband too.
        I sewed for pay at times, & taught knitting.

    1. ‘It makes us live rather than exist’. So true.

      Humans would be very boring people if passion didn’t push us along!

  3. A cool shot and a good bit of motivation. I try to get a bit of writing or editing done each day even if I don’t post anything, keeps the backlog and build-up of drafts at bay.

    1. One thing that really frustrates me is the back log and build up of drafts. If I spend half an hour or so getting a draft finally complete, I’m a happy guy! As you will know, writing daily helps relieve the pressure a lot.

      1. Absolutely. I’ve taken to writing my entries in a notebook first so that I can work on them wherever I happen to be when my brilliant mind says, “Okay, I’m ready to work now that we’re away from the computer!”

  4. Just as we feel no motivation to blog, inspiration hits. Funny, isn’t it?

    “Motivation constantly fluctuates”: This is me with chemistry.

    Also, call it strange, but bleeding fingers actually make you want to practice more… I nearly broke a finger flattening just today, and thankfully, it’s not on my writing hand, but I suppose it’s a strange fascination with the instrument!

    1. I don’t even know what flattening is! I started learning guitar however it didn’t last too long and haven’t picked one up for months, and know very little about learning other instruments. Feel free to enlighten me xD

      1. It’s cool that you started, though! XD
        Flattening is basically when you flatten one finger to press many strings at the same time, like in barred chords… at first, the finger hurts a lot! But once you get used it, it’s quite fun to see your own hands flying all over the guitar’s fretboard!

  5. I totally understand that feeling when you’re juggling with so many piles of works in the office, you still wanna spend some time on the blog despite being so busy – me. And it is all due to my passion towards writing even though I feel so lazy to crack my head for the idea.

    1. Full time work and blogging makes life busy! But I like that, I guess it helps me to stay on my feet and do things. Although like you say it can make it hard to think of ideas to blog about, sometimes the ideas just make their way into my head. I find it is helpful to keep looking around everywhere I am to see if anything inspires me!

      1. Oh I cannot agree more with “sometimes the ideas just make their way into my head..” I guess being a blogger makes us all or trains us all to have the ideas come to emerge immediately, don’t you think?

      2. I think so. I think that it’s a habit we form when we know we want to be inspired to write about something. When we have a blog to work on, we find reasons to blog!

  6. Wow! Life fluctuates so much and I also often wonder why some days I can get up with ease, want to go to the gym, want to learn Mandarin, etc. and feel super motivated, but now I’m in this low again. I guess we always have to keep our goals in mind and just keep going and do it every day, if we feel motivated or not. Your post definitely motivated me to write a new blog post today!

    1. Great! I’m glad you were motivated to post 🙂
      When I think of those that have been successful, they all have one thing in common. When talking in interviews they mention that they do it no matter what. They become obsessed and not take no for an answer. Goals need to be thought about constantly and making our way up to achieving them is how to do it, even if it is inch by inch on days that we don’t want to!

  7. I think the causality goes both ways. You develop passion from the act of doing… Same goes for the gym, or reading, or any other habit really. Enjoyed reading this Sam. And keep it up!

    1. Thanks Joe, I guess the lesson here is that the act of ‘doing’ can be very rewarding, whether it is fulfilling a passion or doing something different and discovering a new one. I am pleased you enjoyed the read, have a great weekend!

    1. As long as motivation is there, it can only lead to productivity!

      I was going to say it leads to good things, but motivation doesn’t always lead to good things… but certainly productivity!

    1. I do 🙂 I have felt very strange being absent for a week whilst I traveled recently, it has been great to get back to the blog. New post coming soon 🙂

  8. I’ve not been passionate about anything so far but I think it’s time to start. I didn’t know people get passionate about blogging, that’s a good one

    1. Well it is something I have done for a few years now, although it was never something I expected to get passionate about. I am sure you will find something even if you haven’t already, sometimes it is what you least expect!

  9. This is a really beautiful piece and something that we can all aspire to with something in our life. At the moment, I am finding it hard to blog. I have started with mine, but due to many, many commitments, sometimes what I would like to write about causes frustration as I don’t get time to write it how I would like to. But it is a lovely to hear that there is that something in your life that will continue, even when the gyms are closed! Unless yours is 24/7 lol

    1. Haha mine is 24/7. Thank you for the kind words of support, I am sorry to read that you are finding it difficult to find the time yourself. Maybe if you just write a little bit each day, would that help you to get a blog post out there once a week maybe? When I am on public transport, or in a long queue, or on a work break, I like to add little bits here and there. Before you know it you have a thousand words!

      1. lol thank you for your reply. Its really all about consistency in my life. I find that I juggle a lot in a short space of time and then nothing gets completed! I hope in time, I will start to do things one at a time, but its hard to do that in such a rushed world, where you just feel like you have not done enough. But here is to reflection and change!

      2. I honestly can relate to that. I always feel when I am doing something that there is something more important to be done, so I rarely finish anything. I have always been like this, however I have started to prioritise my blog and make sure I finish what I set out to finish before moving on. It can be done!

  10. I really like your blog and what you talked about. It gave me motivation and I think about those same things! I completely agree when you follow your passion even when you aren’t in the mood you still get up and do it, thats is how your dedicated to it when your doing it everyday. its another step to succeeding in your life. I am a new blogger and I really loved this one! keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you so much for the kind comments of support, I truly appreciate the time taken to type here. I am sure that you will be a great blogger with the above in mind! Keep blogging and I am sure you will see great things happen 🙂

  11. Humans are nothing but the different states of mind. I like the way you stroke the balance between being consistent and being motivated. Passion is one such state of mind which makes you strive for more. At times consistency may lead to monotonicity in life. However, if it’s driven by passion, striving for better, adds spice. You remain consistent and yet you are growing every day.

    1. Thanks, I like your thoughts on this. I think as long as you are consistent and always trying to push yourself a little, the consistency won’t get boring or like you said, adds spice. Thanks you for the comments and reading my post!

  12. Awesome post! I would love to feature this on my press page under the repost section where I share other blogs from around the world that are aligned with our mission! 🙂 Take care and keep up the good work!

    1. Please do 🙂 I appreciate the feedback and it is great to see you enjoyed the post! Thank you very much 🙂

    1. It’s great you are getting back into blogging! And I am pleased you managed to find my post upon the millions out there 🙂 I hope you keep blogging for a long time coming!

  13. Utter brilliance. I have been wasting time wondering why I am not motivated instead of going and actually doing something about it. I once heard someone say “Motivation comes after action”. I over-think scenarios way too much and I need to cut out the internal dialogue and just do something – you post has re-sparked my motivation 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for the read and reflecting with your own thoughts.

      ‘I have been wasting time wondering why I am not motivated instead of going and actually doing something about it.’ This is exactly what I have done on so many occasions! It is about stopping the endless excuses and acting. I hope that you remain motivated with whatever you are doing! 🙂

      I appreciate the lovely feedback, have a great weekend!

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