The SOVA Project is happy to feature this blog post written by one in our team of fantastic SOVA Ambassadors—these are young people who help create meaningful blog posts from adolescents’ perspectives. We hope you can use their post to start a conversation with your adolescent.
The past few months, I haven’t given any time to writing music, which is something I used to be very passionate about. Music used to be a big coping mechanism for me for dealing with my anxiety. Any negative emotions I felt could easily be expressed through writing a song.
Years ago, I got broken up with and I spent that entire summer writing music about my ex, which helped tremendously in getting over him. There were nights where I stayed up until 2:00 or 3:00 just playing music, and it was great. It felt so good to be creative, to come up with an idea and work at it from the ground up, and to listen to the result of my work once a song was finished. And it felt really good to share my work with other people and see them react to it in a positive way.
Somewhere along the way though, I lost the motivation to create music.
I come up with a lot of excuses – I’m too busy, I’m too tired, I don’t feel like it, etc. Maybe I am too busy now. I work a full-time job, and the past couple of months I’ve been working over 40 hours a week. I come home and I don’t really feel like doing much of anything. I’m getting burnt out and I don’t know what to do.
How do you find inspiration to do something you used to love when you feel completely drained at the end of the day? It’s scary to think about this thing that used to be such a big part of me slip away. I’m also scared of jumping back into it and finding out that I’ve gotten bad since I haven’t played music in a while. But how do you convince yourself that it’s still worth doing?
Are there any things that your child is passionate about? Did you ever lose passion for things you cared a lot about? Do you have any suggestions for getting back into your passions?