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Lessons from Taking a Break

Updated: Jul 30, 2019

I've recently returned from nearly 6 weeks in Europe and it was both the best and worst thing for my writing. Giving myself a break was definitely something I needed to do, especially after finishing my first year of college, but I'm having a difficult time getting back into the swing of things. I found no shortage of poetic inspiration everywhere I went and the lessons I learned about myself, my relationships, and life overall are all things I want to share with others both in what I write. However, I didn't do a great job of writing continuously while I was away. This gave me time to fully de-stress and kept me from worrying about staying up to date with blog and Instagram posts. But now that it's time to get back into the flow of keeping things updated I'm having to really push myself to write poems. I think a lot of my struggle comes from having multiple ideas for poems but not knowing which to pursue first. Subconsciously though, I think I'm worried that I won't do my trip justice. I was lucky enough to experience so much at such a young age and I want to be able to write in a way that fully encapsulates everything I learned, felt, and saw but that's a huge task. I don't want this experience to go to waste in terms of my writing. But I guess I won't be able to know if I can take on that kind of challenge until I actually try and put something together. On a more positive note, taking as much time away from responsibility as I did made me realize how much of a blessing having responsibilities is. Don't get me wrong I could lay out in the sun or wander around a new place for days but at some point I started to miss how it felt to get things done. The sense of accomplishment that comes from doing things I not only want to be doing, but that also push me in the direction of my goals is a necessity for me to feel fulfilled. Learning this about myself is what allowed me to return home with a strong desire for self-improvement both personally and in my career. Of course, I'm not going to change overnight but I do feel more sure than ever of the direction I'm headed in and my commitment to getting where I want to be. So keep an eye on Shape of Sound because there's lots to come :)

Some work-in-progress pages from my trip. Head over to @shapeofsound_ on Instagram for more progress photos.


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