The dreaded funk 

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the dreaded funk

Before you continue reading, please note, this isn’t a list piece. I’m not here to give you the “Top 10 Ways to be Productive” or the “Top 10 Ways to Get out of a Personal or Professional Funk.” Those write-ups aren’t really my style. Sure, I write to bring vital information for people to learn from and grow. I really do. However, I’m going to attack this one a bit differently today in the hopes that it will resonate on an entirely different level.

The Dreaded Funk.

You all know exactly what I’m talking about, don’t you?

I know you do. The ‘I made it six weeks in my workout routine but I’m back to square one funk’. Or, the ‘I showed up early to work for two weeks but now I’m in an hour later’ funk. We all have them. They never seem to go away. But, what do they mean? Are they just a part of our nature? Our environment? Specific situations in our lives? Just when I feel I have the answer, The Dreaded Funk swoops in like the Grim Reaper and back to square one I go.

To put it frankly, it fucking sucks. And, if Medium is a place for opinion pieces, honest write-ups and people spilling their heart and guts, then I have some stuff I need to get off my chest.

I Fucking Hate The Dreaded Funk.

In writing this, I hope some of you are in the same boat as I am. Working hard, having fun, enjoying time spent with family and friends, all while trying to figure out what the hell you want to be doing for the next 10–15 years of your life. You have your ups, your downs, but it goes on and you learn how to manage the chaos of it all.

Sort of. That’s where TDF comes in and shakes shit up.

You know the feeling. Things are going well. Work is good. You’re finally in that ‘rhythm’ you’ve been working hard to maintain for the past couple of days, weeks, months — hell, even years. But then, something happens.

The strangest part is that you can’t always pick it out; it just seems to take over. And, when it does?

That ‘rhythm’ you were in? Gone. That workout plan you were grinding your ass off for everyday? Gone. It’s weird because you just had it, but when you look around, that ‘it’ feeling you were riding is nowhere to be found.

I’ve been hiding from my funk for a few months now with work picking up, priorities shifting, personal shit and so on and so forth. I can sit here and make all the excuses I want, but at the end of the day, I need to take control of my actions and work with others who are going through similar situations — and contrasting ones as well.

Sometimes, I run from TDF, and other times, I attack it head on. Sometimes, I let TDF see my fear and that’s when it wins. But I don’t think it really wins. Because if it won, I wouldn’t be writing this. I’m not really sure where I would be. Hell, I might be dead.

So, instead of providing you with my ‘Top 10’ list of ways to beat the The Dreaded Funk or the ‘Top 10’ ways to avoid it, rather, I just want to acknowledge that you’re not alone in the fight against it. Next time you feel it coming your way, kick that shit to the curb and keep doing your thing.

Fear is the ultimate destroyer of all things creative and productive. I struggle with it too, so just remember, you’re not in a one-on-one battle. You’ve got someone on your side, and I’m here to help win this war with you. Won’t you join me?