Courage does not always roar

Columns | Vienna Review | June 2010

Lack of inspiration is the most terrifying thing a writer can experience in life. It is as if the devil himself has taken away all feelings, thoughts and imagination. The struggle against emptiness becomes a fight with the self. To win, one attempts to bring back brilliant ideas by reading slogans on advertisements, notes on discarded bus tickets and quotes on random business cards.

In the end it seems pointless, not enough. An urge to scream at the top of your lungs arises, and the desire to strangle anyone who comes too close grows ever greater. Then, the worst part comes… it becomes impossible to fight off the realization of how miserable and pathetic you think you are. To look in the mirror is torture, and the brain is full of insults aimed at the self. Happy faces become disgusting, and the thought of being alone in a dark cave somewhere far, far away is more appealing with every second.

These moments cue that it is the right time to relax and forget these types of thoughts. There is no point in fighting; courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is that little voice in the back of your head saying "I will try again tomorrow."

– Marija Simeunovic

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