I have decided to ban the word ‘should’ from my vocabulary. Nothing good has ever come from it. Using it in any context immediately makes me feel like I’m failing at **fill in the blank**. Not quite reaching what I’m aiming for…
Should has possibly been one of my most frequently used words, in thoughts, and in speech. I know I didn’t come up with it on my own… Instead, I have been bombarded with it my whole life, as I’m sure a lot of us have. How powerless it makes me feel! And not to mention the fact, that any time I should on myself, I immediately go into resistance mode. When I should on myself, I can hardly get anything done. Even if I should on myself with something that I normally like doing! I believe that my tendency to should, is one of the reasons, that I often start working on songwriting, when I’m walking in the park. There’s no ‘should’ in that moment. Rather, I’m free. And creativity lives in freedom, not in rigidity.
Turns out should can be replaced by “I would like to.” I feel quite noticeably more energized, when I spin it like this. Plus, it gives me a choice to not push myself when I don’t feel like it.
Apparently, it takes 90 days to kick a bad habit and to learn a new, healthier habit. Yo, I’m like 5 days in already! Today, instead of shoulding myself on the work-front, I think I’ll head over to the museum and fill my artistic well. I would very much like to.