Replace "writing" with another meaningful activity: care taking, teaching, drawing, listening, starting a business, meditating, being a partner, etc. And I feel like the sentiment remains the same.
After waking up a couple days in a row in a bad funk, I wanted to re-read this "DEAR SUGAR" article. I had a feeling that Cheryl Strayed would deliver some wisdom that my inner self needed to hear. The article is entitled "WRITE LIKE A MOTHERFUCKER.' In it, a struggling 26 year old writer writes to Sugar about her inability to write a book and strive to be like David Foster Wallace. Cheryl writes back a compassionate, humbling and inspiring letter back. You should take a few minutes and read it here.
Here's one of the quotes that especially resonated with me:
For me, this is letter is a beautiful reminder to keep showing up, day after day, even if I don't feel like it. When I'm feeling good, bad, happy, excited or sad, what I can always come back to is the work. So today, on this day of love -- I give myself this gentle reminder to show up for the things and people I love.
Show up and dig. Show up and write. Show up and create.