If you’re a fan of Tame Impala, you’ll probably know the song “Desire Be Desire Go.” It may in fact be my favorite song by them because I relate so strongly to the feeling conveyed.
This thread isn’t about the song, it’s about that ebb and flow of desire, motivation, inspiration and verve which the song concerns.
I can craft the noblest of goals and aspirations when I’m in the right mood. With an eye on the future and a feeling of understanding coursing through me, happiness is within reach and the road ahead clear. But the feeling never lasts. The longest such a mindset ever lasts is a couple days – usually it’s gone by morning. My mood is constantly revolving: up, down, up, down, all around. It’s so obvious and predictable, yet I can’t escape it.
A great example is semen retention. I often work up an inspirational fervor reading about it. “Wow,” I think, “what a fool I’ve been. That’s it. Last time I so much as think about jerkin it. Can’t believe it’s gone on so long. Well thank god I’m done with that!”
… *3 Days pass*…
“You know, a little stimulation is healthy. Who care’s about discipline? Why not just go with the flow? Zen master’s don’t worry about this sort of stuff, they just do whatever they feel like! Embrace the moment! A little fun won’t hurt” *masturbate*
This cycle goes on and on for many things in my life. I’ve been trying to kick the aforementioned habit for months now, and haven’t got past a week or two. So how do you guys deal with this? How do you maintain inspiration, desire, and motivation day in and day out?
“they just do whatever they feel like! ”
We also don’t worry about this sort of stuff.
You’re mind is trying to remain in absolute states. Some people can, some can’t. Some people have to, some people never do.
You do have good intentions. I think perhaps you are just taking in too much conflicting external ideals. Which is natural to do. It helps refine your own. Taste the whole buffet brother. Ha.
Perhaps try to focus and develop the “why”s of your intentions. They fall short because they have no substance of self behind them. Next time you pursue a motivating intention. Pause for a moment and define within yourself what it means to you and why it resonates.
Absolutes rarely work in these situations. Find your own point of balance. It will be different to everyone else.
Feeling the same way. Don’t remember where I read something like “if you don’t know what road to choose, take anyone, they will lead you to some place”. This year an algebra teacher told the class “if you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up nowhere”. Two completely different sources, but it’s pretty the same, DO. More in your position, do anything, and get somewhere.
I am also a fan of Tame Impala, and relate to lots of Kevin’s lyrics. Gonna see them in Buenos Aires (I am argentinean) in november!