Stop Draining My Mojo

life, humor, Modern PhilosopherI’ve been trying to write more lately, Modern Philosophers, in an attempt to put a more positive spin on my life.

Writing has always been my favorite escape, and it’s also extremely therapeutic.  The more time I spend at it, the better I feel.

The only problem is life has been getting in the way.  The last couple of days, there’s been all this annoying shoveling to do.  My days are so draining, that when I get home, I don’t always have the energy or the creative mojo necessary to sit down, power up the laptop, and crank out a few thousand words.

In the immortal words of Eric Idle: “Life’s a piece of shit, When you look at it…”

As per Mr. Idle’s advice, I always try to look on the bright side of life.  Except for when I can’t because my mojo has been drained, and I can’t keep my damn eyes open.

But I digress because I’m in a pissy mood, which leaves me prone to rambling.

At least I’m writing, though.  Sometimes, it’s the posts I write when I go off on some ridiculous tangent that are the most fun to read.

The other day, I brought a slightly used case of seltzer water to work for my colleagues to enjoy.  I didn’t tell them the story behind this odd act of generosity, or why some of the cans were missing.  It wouldn’t have interested them.

But it was an example of my fighting to reclaim my mojo.

humor, life, Modern PhilosopherSometimes, you like you have a person’s drink of choice on hand when she’s spending a lot of time at your place.  And since you’re trying to think positive for once, you buy a whole case of it.  This way, you get to see her pretty smile whenever you bring her something to drink without her even having to ask.

And sometimes, even though you really want someone around to enjoy that drink, you realize that you’re better off just enjoying a Snapple alone.

That’s how your coworkers get something to drink, and you get to claim a moral victory that leaves a bad taste in your mouth that’s about as gross as seltzer water.

But you don’t go about reclaiming your mojo by sitting around and allowing a bad situation to get worse.

I went grocery shopping tonight, which is one of those things that takes time away from writing, but also makes it possible for there to be chocolate cake waiting in the kitchen as soon as this blog post is done.

So what have we learned tonight, Modern Philosophers?

Aside from the fact that I have a soft spot for Monty Python, you might have picked up on one of my favorite personal philosophies in action:

Something is always better than nothing.

I usually apply that to running, but tonight, it works for writing.

humor, philosophy, Modern PhilosopherEven though this blog post won’t be remembered as one of my greatest, and is certain not to go viral, it got me writing on a night when I needed to reclaim my mojo.

And it’s been hard.  The “j” key on my laptop has been broken for a long time, so that’s a real bitch when I keep using the word “mojo” in this post.

So I’m in a much better mood, there’s chocolate cake waiting for me, and I’ll be humming “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” for the rest of the evening.

I’m definitely okay with that ending to my day…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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5 Responses to Stop Draining My Mojo

  1. beth says:

    the cake waiting for you sounds wonderful

  2. AP2 says:

    Great post. I often find writing to be one of the best forms of therapy. Simply ranting or letting the words flow from the gut. I like the idea of reclaiming ones mojo. Sometimes we defined need to do that. To stand up tall and use our actions to inspire our mood. And I agree – A bit of chocolate cake is always better than no chocolate cake 😂. Wishing you well. And thanks for the inspiration 🙏

  3. markbialczak says:

    Selfishly I am glad to see more blog posts here, Austin. Now even more so that I know they help you regain your mojo.

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