Unslumping Yourself

When I was in second grade, I memorized Dr. Seuss’s “Oh the Places You’ll Go.” I remember reading it aloud to myself some 30, 40 times. I wanted to be able to read it to my younger cousins at my first communion party, and I didn’t want to have to look at the pages.

This morning, I woke up and stared at my ceiling for a good five minutes. I wondered if there was any way I could make a photo that reflected what I was feeling:

 “And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Unslumping yourself is not easily done.”

Sometimes, I catch myself reciting Dr. Seuss.

I re-injured my shoulder, the shoulder that holds my camera, and I fainted while working a freelance job. I had to go to the ER, and I got an IV put in me for the first time. I'm not feeling so hot.

This isn’t the first time I’ve been in a funk, and I know I’ll get out of it but getting out of it takes WORK.

The upside is seeing yourself make progress is really gratifying. You come out of it on top of the world. It’s the truth!

I feel like all-the-best blogs help people in some way, so here are three things I’ve learned -- that I’m remembering -- and, maybe, they will help you, too.

NUMBER 1: Believe things will get better and know EVERYONE goes through slumps. They may not look like yours, but you’re not alone in what you feel.

NUMBER 2: You have to be good to yourself: eat well, sleep well, exercise, see people you love. You just gotta make time for all of it.

NUMBER 3: “Growing your abilities is a lifelong, rewarding pursuit; it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” That one comes from teacher Mike Davis, and I really love this piece of advice.

Whatever you’re doing, however you’re feeling. Take your time and be patient with yourself. You’ll get there — or someplace completely different, and maybe it’s even better than anything you never ever imagined. It’ll be awesome.

More later.