Getting Gritty with It!

Firstly, I would like to start this post by thanking my colleague, Amber, for introducing the writing and wellness series and its purpose in a succinct and empathetic manner. It’s never been easy to start a conversation regarding ideas of wellness and self-care in such a fast-paced and rapidly changing society, and it hasn’t gotten any easier with a pandemic that has pushed it to the forefront in an almost toxic, fear-of-missing-out manner. But, we are here to persevere and break new ground together! 

This week, what I found to be a most interesting idea for us to work with came from the school of positive psychology, with the idea of grit. Grit, according to Angela Duckworth, the primary researcher on this topic, is best defined as the ability of an individual to sustain interest and dedication toward a specific goal, no matter what comes in between or how they ultimately reach their desired destination. In terms of our studies, the end goal is always clear; to get through a class, a semester, a degree. But what about beyond that? What is it that we value, and where is it that we want to steer ourselves? 

If you’re anything like me, there are a million and one thoughts racing through your mind right now about everything you may have left unsaid, things you have yet to do, so on and so forth. But, consider how the principle of grit can not only settle these thoughts but also steer our writing and creative processes. As a writing prompt of sorts, try to map out these questions and see what sort of intrinsic findings you come across: 

  1. How do you normally deal with hardships? What is it about failure that either excites or scares you? 
  2. What is it that is keeping you engaged with your current project? Is there a very deep, personal meaning for you?
  3. At the end of this project, what is it that you hope to see reflected? What do you hope others will see?

Remember, you can look at these questions from any angle and map out your responses in any sort of manner. Diagrams, drawings, a creative response, even a stream-of-consciousness rant are all fair game here. Perhaps, if we are able to layout these framework-oriented thoughts, the road ahead may become just a bit clearer. 

Be sure to check back for our next writing and wellness activity! Share out how you approached this, and interact with us on Twitter @KUWSP, or on Instagram @ku_wp. 

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