Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What do to when words fail you

For the past couple of days I have been fighting this beast called no-matter-what-I-do-I-simply-can't-write-a-decent-post. It's been killing the hell out of me and the worst thing is - I have no issues with inspiration and motivation, there's plenty of it in this little head of mine.

But when I sit in front of the laptop, words fail to come out.
Sounds familiar?


I have a pretty little blog planner that's actually filled with new topics to write about - from personal stories to beauty and literature - but no matter how many times I go though it, nothing seems to excite me enough to actually write about it.

And I will never publish a story I'm not freaking excited about.
Never.


I tried detecting the issue in here and as it turns out, there are some things that are constantly present in my mind and occupy its space to the point of not being able to properly focus on anything else.

*Like that photography project I want to do with my grandparents but still don't know how.

*That big documentary web-series I'm gonna start filming in a few weeks (which means I'm returning to Youtube again but in a completely different way, let me know if there are some things you'd like to see in there) and that you're absolutely gonna love. Some of you who have known me for a while might actually guess what's it gonna be about sshhh.

*That special someone who makes me laugh like I haven't laughed since childhood (Ivana, you told me that someday I'm gonna send you a text that says 'you were right!' and oh my gosh I can't believe I'm saying this but you were so right!).

* Terrible situation in the Croatian film industry that's making me feel sick.

* Upcoming little travels.

* Loving photography more than ever.

Many people tend to think that creativity is easy. That creative life looks something like dolce far niente 365 days in a year. 

You do nothing and million dollar ideas simply come to you. I hate to say this, but that's one of the main reasons why so many dreams fail even before they get the chance to shine. 


I absolutely hate it when someone says to me 'oh it's so easy for you 'cause you're talented.' because that's the biggest misconception of all. Talent is nothing, and let me say that again - NOTHING without the insane amount of hard work. 


Laziness is an excuse, and a quite stupid one if you're asking me. Bad day is also an excuse, no inspiration falls in the same category as well. 

The most important thing is never to stop writing. Photographing. Filming. Doing whatever you're passionate about. Especially on those days when it feels like somehow things aren't working for you. Like that damn text is never about to happen. Like your photo is the worst one ever. But take it anyway. And then another one and another one. Keep doing it until your mind unblocks.

When it feels like you're not complete without a certain thing, don't give up on it. Don't postpone it for tomorrow. Don't go hard on yourself. Yes, it might be a shitty day but you're the one who's gonna decide on how it's gonna end. Write about it. Don't think too much about it. Just write.

Not everything needs to be a masterpiece but you mustn't stop. 


Because if you give yourself a free pass today then you'll find a new reason for it tomorrow and the day after...which means that your work is gonna suffer and if you're really passionate about it, you're gonna feel terrible as well. And why would you do that to yourself?

Try.
Fail.
Improvise.
Experiment.
Try more.
Fail.
Pick yourself up from the ground.
Focus on something different for an hour and then return to your task with some fresh perspective.
Talk about it.
Just please don't give up.

Passion is wonderful. Talent is a lovely little thing. But if you're not gonna cheer for you even during those weird and moody days, there's absoutely no way for you to move forward. 

Constant work is the key. So put that crazy idea down in words, take the first shot - who knows where it can take you. Just please don't stand in one place. Don't give in to laziness. Don't surrender to an average life.


We're all extraordinary.
Cherish that.
Now start working and enjoy the bumpy ride.

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  1. Tako je, talenat je 10% pomoći, a sve ostalo je rad mada nekad treba imati i malo sreće. Doduše, sreća je možda za ove naše prostore ovdje i presudna jer ima nas, radimo k'o pčele, ali ne žele da vide oni koji trebaju vidjeti. Spomenula si filmsku industriju u Hrvatskoj, da ti pričam o Bosanskohercegovačkoj?! Bolje ne! :) Smatram samo da je bitno raditi na sebi, pokrenuti nešto svoje, ne sjediti i čekati priliku koju rijetko ko dobije kako se nadao. Možemo se svi žaliti, svaki dan imamo milion razloga svakodnevno servirane, ali da to radimo ne bi nas nigdje bilo. Jako dobar post, opet poticajan ali realan. Ljubim te! :**

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    1. Da, slažem se da i sreća nije zanemariv faktor, često se malo te neke čarolije mora desiti da se neki projekt izbaci van, mislim da to svi jako dobro znamo :) Super si ovo napisala, nema do lijenog sjedenja i kukanja, treba zapeti i raditi, čak i kad se čini da to ne radimo za nikog osim za sebe same, ali ako se u nešto uloži dovoljno truda - nema šanse da prođe nezapaženo! :D Šaljem brdo pusa! :**

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  2. I ja ne mrzim ništa više nego kada ljudi kažu da je nekome nešto lako jer ima talent za nešto....jer slike se ne uslikaju same, knjige se ne pišu same i ništa se ne događa samo od sebe. Za bilo kakav kreativni rad potrebno je odricanje. Ma za najobičniji hobi potrebno je odricanje. Recimo za malo se baviti vezom, moram se svačega odreći, tu večer neću prošetati ili gledati TV jer ću šivati...a to je samo sitnica. Nekakav pravi kreativni rad je konstatno davanje sebe, svaki dan...baš sam mislila danas nešto napisati o tome... počela sam, ali sam to odgodila za neki drugi dan.


    Za sve što vrijedi treba se boriti, pa posebno za taj kreativni dio našega života, pa bio on posao, sto poslova i projekata, neki hobi, dio života ili sveukupno...na kraju dana, čak i da nam ništa ne pođe za rukom, bolje je i pokušati nego se baviti dokonim pametovanjem ili ne daj Bože tračanjem. Traženje izlika isto oduzima energiju, pa je meni uvijek draže nešto probati ma makar se i precijenila ili vidjela da to nije za mene. Ako ne pokušamo nećemo nikada znati što je moglo biti...


    Divne fotografije i poruka...lijep poticaj za daljni rad svakome!

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    1. Točno to, potpisujem ti svaku riječ komentara, bez konstantnog odricanja i rada naprosto nema pomaka naprijed ni bilo kakvog uspjeha - makar se radilo i samo o osobnom zadovoljstvu kad pričamo o hobijima, naprosto bez truda ne ide i gotovo :) I slažem se u potpunosti, uvijek je bolje pokušati, dati šansu nečem zanimljivom pa makar i vidjeli da to nije za nas...u svakom slučaju je pametnije nego sjediti, gledati kroz prozor i krasti bogu dane.

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  3. usput jedva čekam vidjeti kakve nove projekte spremaš....

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    1. Puno ti hvala, nadam se da ću čim prije uspjeti krenuti sa svime, samo da si pametno vrijeme posložim :)

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  4. Oh, I so agree with you! You can have all of the talent in the world, but if you're unmotivated, and unwilling to invest countless hours of hard work into whatever your passion is, talent will get you nowhere.

    xx

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    1. Thanks, dear! Glad to hear we agree on this! :D

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  5. I agree, you can have talent but you also have to work extremely hard for that talent to come to anything! Excited to see you on YouTube again!
    Amy xx
    www.callmeamy.co.uk

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  6. Nisi sama, mislim da se to dešava svima nama koji se bavimo sličnim stvarima, kako profesionalno, tako i privatno. Talenat je odlična odskočna daska, ali to je tek početak. Ako se ne razvija, ostaće uspavan, a šteta je ne iskoristiti nešto za šta smo prirodno nadareni. Apsolutno ne podnosim kad neko misli da je krativnost i sve što ne podrazumeva tipičan posao od 9h do 17h lak. Nekad inspiracija dođe sama od sebe, nekad je treba tražiti na drugom mestu, ali ne treba odustajati nikako. Meni se često javi neka ideja baš kada najmanje očekujem. Radujem se tvojim novim projektima. I ako ti je za utehu, čak je i tvoj nedostatak inspiracije poslužio za jedan krajnje inspirativan post u kojem sam se prepoznala, a verujem da nisam jedina ;)
    Želim ti divan vikend! <3 <3

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