I took a big step back. I thought I'd lose everything I built up over the past few years.
I stopped writing for an entire month.
I was afraid that I might lose all of my skills. That people might forget about me.
But none of it happened.
I decided to stop writing for a month because I had the feeling that people got tired of it. Of me. And my writing.
So I just stopped.
I had to think about my economics class.
Too much circulation of any good, skill or whatever makes the price go down. That's what I thought was happening with my writing. With me.
So I took one step back to see what's going to happen.
I stopped writing. And once I started writing again, the price went up again. I have a lot more positive reactions than I ever had before. After all, economics do work sometimes..
It's really fascinating how the withdrawal of a certain good, skill or art can increase its value. How doing nothing can increase your value. How going one step back sometimes means going ten steps forward.
And it applies to so many things in life.
Think about how you feel when you come back home from a long vacation. You start appreciating all of the small things you took for granted before.
Or when you didn't see your spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend for a long time and you finally meet again. You appreciate them a lot more than you ever did before.
Or an old friend.
It's all the same thing. The same fascinating phenomenon.
Temporary withdrawal increases the value of almost everything.
Your work, your relationship, your home, your art. Everything..
It only works when the foundation is strong enough though. When it's not strong enough it might backfire. Luckily it didn't backfire in my case.
My take on this is that it's important to learn and understand when we have to leave. When we have to let go. When leaving doesn't really mean leaving. When leaving really means preparing for growth. For the next steps.
And it doesn't really matter when we have to go one or two steps back or one step sideways from time to time. It's a necessary part of the experience. The experience called life.
Temporary withdrawal is the only way to figure out if the foundation we built is already strong enough. Strong enough for the next stage. It'll tell us whether we should invest more time or cut our losses.
I know it's hard. Letting go is always tough. Even if it's just temporary. But I guess it's the only way..