Since this blog is dedicated to both the ups AND the downs of becoming a writer, I thought this would be an appropriate post for the site. Because Life happens.
What do you do when you lose your mojo?
This is my grandma. Don't worry, she is much older than she looks.
Her maiden name is Donsbach, which I am sure is very German for tough as nails. =)
It's too bad this picture is black and white, because you can't really see that the red of her hair is only second to the fire in her eyes. We are a feisty bunch, us Donsbach girls. =) You should meet her sister Helen!
Due to a stroke, this last week, we began chasing her from hospital to hospital and began an intense game of musical hotels. I have lost any desire to write. Heartbreak and worry is Exhausting with a capital E. You know your world has been shaken when your heart and mind feel like they have been rocked like a battery operated maraca.
Life. It's a beautiful thing. But when it's bad, it's awful. The pits. Blech. Sometimes, so much so, we don't feel like doing anything. Nada. Zilch.
We all have a different tolerance for pain. Some of us function beautifully while suffering, the rest of us...no so much.
Let us use this high-tech hospital chart I have been staring at all week to explore this idea.
For me personally, I don't think I can function, meaning to create or to be alert to my surroundings, at anything above a five. From level six to ten, fugetaboudit.
I am sure some people feel comfortable being creative while in the depths of despair. They might produce their best work like Sylvia Plath or Fill in the blank.
All I know is I am a happy creative. I do best when things are lookin' good. When the birds are singing and I have a cupboard stocked with coffee and peanut butter. To me that is comfort and comfort is key.
I have made a list of things I have tried this last week to boost my spirits, to try to ease the pain of almost losing a loved one...
4. Wine to help recover from the pain of burpees
5. Will Ferrell movie marathon
6. Mexican food
9. Blogging about it.
So what do you do when you have lost your mojo?