Weekends feel comfortable. That is what we like about them. The energy of the city just seems to be different today. It is the Friday buzz. The lead up to the weekend gives us the chance to kick back and relax. After all, we deserve it, right? I mean, come on, we work hard during the week. Between the job, the bills, the kids, and the commitments that go with the job, bills and kids, we just need a break. Comfortable is nice.
Here is the problem with comfortable, it doesn’t get you anywhere. As D.W. and I write during the week, we always have an energetic of moving forward. In crafting the next volume in the Necromancers’ Pride story, Tides of War, we use the fuel of not being satisfied with comfort to drive us to greater heights. However, it is easy to relax into the status quo. Now that the weekend is upon us, we are faced with slipping into a relaxation coma.
Now, as I have said in previous posts, I love Fridays. However, I don’t really look at Fridays as the beginning of the weekend. To me, they are the beginning of a new week, it is just a week that starts with me messing around a little more. It is necessary to have fun. The thing is, D.W. and I are not in the place we want to be, as of yet. Our work drives us ever forward, even when we want to be comfortable.
Shakespeare famously spoke of what comfort does to people.
Let me have men about me that are fat;
Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o’ nights.
Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.
If you are happy with the status quo, you will be content to sleep o’ the nights. Now, I love sleep. I just love success a little bit more, and the only shuteye D.W. gets is when he blinks. Today, we are working on plot. Tomorrow, we will be working on character designs and fight sequences. Sunday we will be expanding our minds into whole other worlds, exploring new ways to tell stories. As much as I love comfort, I have adopted a lean and hungry look. It is the only way to build a world.
Enjoy your weekend, but be willing to find more in it than just comfort. It is alright to play, but when you love your work, you are playing.
What one thing can you accomplish this weekend that will move you forward next week?
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