Life is a Grind

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It is an endless grind to achieve a goal. It can be tiring, tedious, repetitive… However, it is what it is.

Accept that to reach a goal, we’d have to work to get there.

Lately, I have been feeling burnt out.

I am feeling the inevitability of the grind without the end goal in sight. I am not feeling that I am advancing, rather, I feel that I am falling even farther from my goal, and that is what is making me feel burnt out.

I want to take a break, but I can’t. I have to keep going. I have to keep fighting.

Fight, and you live. Give up, and you die.

Fight on, and keep on moving forward.

It may take a lot of time. It may seem that there is no progress. It may seem that we may be in an endless cycle that is going nowhere… But if we are taking small steps, even if it is by a few centimeters… what matters is that we are somehow closer to the goal.

Life is a grind. Embrace it.

In other news, I applied to work for a side gig as a graphic artist, and web designer. I hurriedly submitted my portfolio to the company, and I somehow made the initial cut. There was supposed to be a meeting or something for last week, but when I got no messages, I e-mailed the owner/company following up on my status.

I initially thought that it was a “don’t call us, we’ll call you” situation… And I would rather not wait around not knowing what the situation is. If I did not make it, I would rather know now so I can move forward.

I received an e-mail today – I somehow made the first cut, and got selected from among 300 applicants. I do say that is somewhat a big boost to my self-esteem. However, I am still wondering if I will be able to make the final cut.

The interview and tests will be done sometime in September… Tests? Oh boy… I’m feeling nervous now.

My graphics skills, and web designing skills are very, very rusty. Fortunately, it is like riding a bike – once you know it, you don’t really forget it.

I hope I get this side gig. I could really use it to augment my financial situation.

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Author: jomz

Web Designer and Developer, Graphic Artist. Writer.

9 thoughts on “Life is a Grind”

  1. I can definitely relate to this. There’s a sense of urgency, a desire to break through, both as proof that I can, and in the hope that if I break through, I’ll be able to garner some meager income, and shift even more time and effort into writing.

    It’s so tempting to press on, and in some ways it fits rather neatly into storytelling itself.
    Few and far between are the stories where a character quietly plugs away for years or decades; or if they do, the story only encompasses a few highlights, those rare moments where the wheels really started to turn.
    And often that’s what we want, that moment where things really start to move.

    I think distinguishing between a necessary break and the dreaded but oh so tempting “give up” is one of the big challenges for me. There’s a strange (or maybe not so strange) fear that someday I am going to stop, and never start again. Which is funny because if I did stop, wouldn’t that mean I want to stop?
    And yet there’s some strange imagined version of events where I desperately want to write, and yet I do not.

    But then again, if the fact that something is strange stopped me from believing, I wouldn’t be the storyteller that I am. Heck, I once imagined a world where fire fell from the sky, and drops of water came into existence when people clicked stones together. Doesn’t make any sense, but it was fun to imagine what a world like that would be.

    Thank you for sharing. It’s comforting to know that I’m not the only one who sometimes feels this way, and that others manage in spite of it, as I hope to continue to do.

    1. First of all, thank you for your well-crafted reply.

      It can be hard to keep going when things does not seem to having any impact. And as you said, it can be very tempting to give up. However, if the goal in mind is of any value, then all the more do we have to keep stabbing and poking at it so we can reach it.

      Yes, keep going.

      Have a nice day!

  2. Pushing forward toward a goal is admirable, but don’t ever forget to take time out for yourself now and then. I’m not talking about stopping or even taking a break from what you’re doing. I’m just reminding you that when we care for ourselves first, we have more to give. Be sure you’re getting rest. Treat yourself to special little moments. Relax and take a few deep breaths. And best wishes on all you’re doing!

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