When It’s Just Not Your Day

When It’s Just Not Your Day

We all have those days. You know the ones I’m talking about—where you’re fueled by a burning desire to make the most out of every single minute, especially when it comes to doing what you love. For me, that’s pottery. But sometimes, despite all the effort and time you’ve set aside, things just don’t pan out the way you hoped.

Yesterday was one of those days for me. With a rare expanse of time in front of me, I was eager to lose myself in the rhythm of the wheel. Pottery is my escape, my creative outlet, especially since my day job as a Brand Strategist doesn’t always allow for such freedoms.

I had everything planned out. I was going to craft some mugs, something I’ve done countless times before. Yet, one by one, each cylinder I shaped collapsed. No matter how much I tried, not a single mug would hold its form. Frustration was an understatement.

The thing about working with clay, a secret that isn’t really a secret, is that it demands your undivided attention—not just physically but mentally too. And that’s where I faltered. Physically, I was right there, hands covered in clay, ready to create. But mentally? I was miles away, exhausted from the week’s demands. My mind simply wasn’t in it, and the clay knew. It always knows.

So, what do you do when your passion becomes a source of frustration? You take a step back. You breathe. It’s a hard pill to swallow, especially when you’ve been looking forward to this, but forcing it isn’t the answer. I had to remind myself that it’s okay to have off days. It’s okay to not be okay.

Taking a break doesn’t mean giving up. It means giving yourself the grace to accept that not every day will be productive in the way you hope. And that’s perfectly fine. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is let it be, step aside, and come back when you’re truly ready—both mentally and physically.

So, to anyone out there wrestling with a similar sense of frustration, remember: Tomorrow is a new day, a fresh start. Your passion will wait for you, ready when you are to dive back in.
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