Enthusiasm is not the same as just being excited. One gets excited about going on a roller coaster. One becomes enthusiastic about creating and building a roller coaster.Bo Bennett
To be quite honest, I’ve a very on and off relationship with enthusiasm. Not my best buddy, not a distant friend either. I don’t know if I’m built that way (my friends like to call me a pessimist even though I think they completely ignore my moments of enthusiasm and optimism alike) or if life simply likes to have fun on my behalf, one minute throwing me something to be enthusiastic about and the next throwing a big pile of crap. Or taking the good things back. Or both.
Some days, having woken up driven by a burning will to write (or do my college assignments or wash the dishes, you choose), I sit at my computer, open my favorite writing program or WordPress, and then feel the enthusiasm slipping away out of every crack and opening it can find around my skull. Just like that one time when after three days (I think it was actually four) of not hearing much with one ear, I felt how the now warm liquid (seawater, don’t ask) suddenly, without a warning, decided to just come streaming out of my ear. Odd feeling.
Anyway, it seems that today is not the case as I’ve been able to write those paragraphs in just five minutes or so. Actually, the more words I put down on the… screen, the more enthusiastic I feel about writing. But the sweet irony of it all is that I must put writing aside for now and take care of some stupid assignments.
I think we’ve reached an enthusiasm paradox here: feeling extremely enthusiastic about one thing while being at the other end of the spectrum about another, at the exact same time!
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