The 'Creative Block' Vacation is Over | The Malayali Podcast 109


Hello, friends and welcome back to 'The Malayali Podcast'. I’m your host, the person who knows a thing or two about taking a break… or a vacation… or a sabbatical…(Chuckles) Yeah, let’s stick with that last one, a sabbatical. It’s been a while, hasn't it? A full four-month-long sabbatical.

Remember how they say, 'A well-rested mind is a productive mind?' Well, my mind decided to hibernate like a bear. You see, I had been facing what you can call a 'Creative Block'.

Creative block, artist's block, writer's block, podcast host's block... it seems like everyone has a block these days. Well, to clear it up for those of you who've been lucky enough to never experience this frustrating phenomena - a creative block is a period when an individual lacks inspiration, can't find motivation, and feels drained out of creative ideas.

It's like when you're watching a cricket match, and your favorite batsman, despite his best efforts, just can't seem to hit the ball. It’s not that he suddenly forgot how to play, but just that his usual rhythm, his 'mojo' if you may, has taken a break.

So, what causes this annoying, invisible barrier? Well, it's often due to stress, pressure, fear of failure, self-doubt, and sometimes, it's just sheer exhaustion. And sometimes it happens for no apparent reason at all, just like your WiFi deciding to stop working when you need it the most.

My own personal block came from a mix of all of these. It was like a masala dosa of creative block causes. Every morning, I would sit down to brainstorm ideas for our podcast, and every morning, all I could hear was the silence of my thoughts. It was like someone changed my creative Netflix subscription plan without my consent.

So, what did I do? Did I try to forcefully push through it? Did I consult a magical creativity guru? No, dear friends, I took a break. I took a sabbatical. I just packed my creativity in a metaphorical suitcase, and sent it off on a vacation.

And you know what? It came back, rejuvenated, excited, and full of ideas. Yes, I gave myself the permission to do absolutely nothing. And surprisingly, that nothingness led me to somethingness. Aha, see what I did there?

I indulged in hobbies I’d forgotten about, explored new interests, spent time with family and friends. And slowly but surely, I felt my creativity knocking on the door again. Like a mischievous child returning home after an adventurous day, it came back, bringing with it a whirlwind of fresh ideas and renewed enthusiasm.

So, if you too, like me, find yourself stuck in the labyrinth of a creative block, remember, it's okay. It’s okay to take a break. It's okay to not feel inspired all the time. It's okay to just BE.

Our creativity isn’t a factory assembly line, it's a magical, unpredictable, beautiful rollercoaster. And sometimes, it needs a little downtime to work its magic.

I'm back, my friends, rejuvenated and ready to embark on new adventures with all of you. The'Creative Block' vacation is over. Welcome to the post-vacation season of The Malayali Podcast. Let's dive right in, shall we? After all, we have a lot of catching up to do!

Stay tuned for our next episode. Until then, remember, creativity comes and goes, but the spirit of a Malayali, stays forever. Stay strong, stay positive, and keep those creative juices flowing. This is your host, signing off."


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