You're Only A Creator On The Days That You Create

You're Only A Creator On The Days That You Create

I always end up telling myself that tomorrow or next week will be better.

How many times have you sat there, hands poised over the keys or pencil hovering above the paper, awaiting inspiration, but becoming less and less motivated the longer it takes to appear until you finally just give up and switch back to whatever you were watching on Youtube or Netflix?

I have done this so many times, and I always end up telling myself that tomorrow or next week will be better. That, once the current storm of school work and social engagements has passed, then I will take the time to do what I am passionate about. Of course, that storm never ends, and before long, it's been months since I've actually created something original, whether it's a drawing, a painting or just free-writing in a journal.

We are constantly under so much pressure from the world around us. We have jobs, friends, families and professors and all these people have different requests. Many of these things may not seem all that troubling by themselves, but all these little tasks add up and, eventually, we are often left mentally drained. This has been an issue for me for a while, but it has gotten a thousand times worse in college. With all of the new experiences to be had and work to be done, I know that my life has changed drastically from the way it was when I was in high school.

Even though this is a good thing in many ways, I have noticed that the things that I am truly passionate about have started to slip to the back of my mind in favor of things that I am being forced to do. Instead of unwinding by writing down my thoughts on finding a photo and sketching out the image in my sketchbook, I find myself mindlessly watching TV shows--anything to disengage my mind. While I do believe that letting your mind rest is very important, sometimes the best thing to do, at least for me, is to force yourself to engage in something that you're passionate about--something that makes you feel accomplished when you're finished.

Don't get me wrong. Taking a night off and going to sleep as soon as you're done with homework is a great way to spend a night. However, for me, nothing compares to the exhaustion that comes after knowing you've made something that you're proud of, and even if it's not your best work, we all learn from every mistake that we make. So next time you're putting your headphones in, opening that new tab and moving your mouse up towards that Netflix icon in your favorites bar, think twice about the satisfaction that you could be getting out of making something new that's never been done before, and doing that with your own mind and your own two hands.

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Why I Love Scary Movies

Everyone has a favorite movie genre, mine just happens to be the scary ones.

Movies are some of the greatest pieces of art in our modern day and age.

They can evoke all kinds of emotions, come in a ridiculous number of genres, and are just a damn good time. For me, no movies will ever match the experience of watching good horror movies. Sure, there are a ton of movies that I like watching more than horror movies. I would never go so far as to say that a horror movie was in my top 5, top ten, even top 20 movies of all time..but let me tell ya, something about the atmosphere and experience when watching horror movies just hits the spot with me.

The best way to watch a horror movie, as we all should know, is in a theater. The atmosphere is unmatched by any at-home viewing experience. The knowledge that you and many others are all sitting in the dark, waiting with baited breath for the next scare is electrifying.The size of the screen and the way-too-high volume mixed with the sound of people around you screaming at every jump scare is just incredible. But, for me, it goes beyond just that.

A lot of what makes scary movies so much fun for me is that incredible, heart-pounding, fight-or-flight adrenaline rush that I get almost every time I watch one. Don't get me wrong, I get scared very easily. I jump and hold my breath and hide just like everyone else, but something about that terror-high just makes it all worthwhile. Maybe I'm just an adrenaline junkie, but nothing gets the heart pumping quite like a nice little bit of fear. Hell, I'm terrified of clowns and I went to see Stephen King's IT by myself! I thought that maybe it'd help cure my fear of clowns, but no, its still just as bad as its ever been.

Watching scary movies with your significant other is also always a bonus. One of the best ways to score brownie points with them is to hold on to them while they're scared and put up with their antics after the movie as well. And don't be afraid to show a little fear around them too. Acting like a big bad tough guy is overrated, they'll appreciate it way more if you show a little humanity and emotion and get spooked just like everyone else.

Horror Movies for the win.

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