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Things you HAVE to do.

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by On the Inside, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. On the Inside

    On the Inside Well-Known Member

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    I was listening to an interview of a couple of authors, and one of them said that if you don't feel that writing is something you have to do (ie. nothing can stop you from doing it) then you'll never make as a writer.

    Now, I've only fantasized about being a writer, but there have been other things that I felt compelled to do by some energy inside me. Pottery was one thing, building kayaks and paddling them where ever and when ever I could, designing and building furniture.

    Yet none of these things had staying power, while I participated in the activities for a while, say 3-5 years, and was able to sell lots of my pieces, I never made it, meaning, they did not become a profession.

    Now I find that there doesn't seem to be anything that I truly feel compelled to do, that I have to do, besides eat, sleep, go to work, do the chores, etc. It has been this way for several years now, and I'm staring to wonder if I'll ever get that kind of motivation again.

    Or am I at a point where I need to find a stronger, yet more subtle form of motivation, rather than the driven, at times frenetic, need to do.

    Just a thought for the day.
     
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  2. midlife aspie

    midlife aspie Well-Known Member

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    You seem to be roaming in the 'desert between the interests'. I find myself there sometimes. I'm sure something will trigger an interest in you.
     
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    On the Inside Well-Known Member

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    I like that, the desert. I have indeed been roaming. I think of different things all the time, little sparks of interest that I might spend a day to a few weeks researching or thinking about, but I am always coming up with reasons not to, or saying " that would be fun, but, ahhh, too much work."

    I have started to think that I should give Cognitive Behavior Therapy another whirl. This may just be negativity encroaching on my motivation, and CBT has helped in the past.
     
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    Don't see anything you do as a wasted venture. I'm the same I just float between different skills whatever I feel like doing for a specific purpose! I draw but haven't drawn for over a year....I don't worry because it's never going to leave me :)
     
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    midlife aspie Well-Known Member

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    I have found my interests to be cyclical. Horology a few years, vintage radio a few, antique guns, etc. I always totally abandon interest in one before going to another, but end up back again. The central theme is history, and utility.
     
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    ancusmitis Well-Known Member

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    What is horology?
     
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    tree Blue/Green Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    ho·rol·o·gy
    həˈräləjē/
    noun
    noun: horology
    the study and measurement of time.
    the art of making clocks and watches


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horology
     
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  8. midlife aspie

    midlife aspie Well-Known Member

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    I have found that most people do not know the term outside of those of us engaged in it. Horology is the study, development, repair, and collecting of timekeeping devices and the study of time.
     
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