Get Up & Go, Even (Especially) When You’re Tired

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written from a little RV park outside of Las Vegas called Duck Creek

I’ve been writing more and more over this past year and now I’m close to 1,500 words a day. It’s the best habit I’ve ever developed.

With all of the jobs and travel, it’s difficult not to feel overwhelmed sometimes. Today, I don’t feel like writing. But I know I need to. I’ll compare it to the feeling of not wanting to go to Little League practice when it’s 105 degrees outside, but my parents made me go anyway. My parents aren’t here in Las Vegas with me, but they instilled something in me that helped me to realize it’s more important to get up and go when you’re tired.

It’s easy to love, work hard, and do well when situations are good. It’s a test of your character when times get tough–that’s what separates the people who really want it, from the people who kind of want it.

When I was in college, I worked at Tyler’s Sporting Goods, a little Austin staple of a retail store. I didn’t mind my job and worked with my friends, but it was a twenty minute commute both ways and some days it was hard for me to muster the energy. I never called in sick though. I went every day. I went because I knew if I didn’t, I wouldn’t make enough money to start my clothing line. It was my only choice. I had long term goals which meant I had to take short term action. And sometimes that meant going into work with a headache and when I didn’t feel like it.

It’s 2014 and now I have different goals. My goals involve writing, and producing a documentary. More so than anything, they involve having the privilege of sharing hundreds of hourly workers’ stories from all over the country. It really is a privilege. I love what I do now. Other than marrying Alyssa, it’s the biggest blessing I’ve ever been a part of.

I’ve found that even though it can be a fun job, it’s certainly not an easy job.

I know what you’re thinking, I work different jobs for a day at a time and then write blogs and film them. How hard could it be?

But I’ve found that towards the end of the day after you’ve worked a full day’s work, it’s not easy to muster up the strength to interview employees for 30 minutes.

You really have to concentrate.You have to actually listen to their every word.

Because this is their life. This is someone brave enough to really share their heart with me and even a video camera. I must give them everything in the tank to not miss that moment to connect with their story. I don’t want to ever miss that chance. That’s why I’m here.

If I were to cash in and tune out during one of these interviews, I would be doing an injustice to the hourly workers that I’ve sought to serve. I can’t.

I’ve got to get up and go, even (especially) I’m tired.