Inertia and Motivation

In my life, I’ve experienced many highs and lows. I’ve been discouraged so many times and I’ve been hurt too- to the point where I’ve left myself in a state of inertia.


inertia (n)
(courtesy of Merriam-Webster)

: lack of movement or activity especially when movement or activity is wanted or needed
: a feeling of not having the energy or desire that is needed to move, change, etc.


Inertia is a form of paralysis. It’s that sickening feeling of getting stuck at something and not having the will to push through with that certain field anymore. It’s that “Oh, why even bother?” feeling. According to SARK, here are some signs that show you’re in a state of inertia: quitting, hiding, feeling frozen and unable to do anything.

I totally get this, because I’ve felt this way SO many times. (Maybe I should do a future blog post on this, eh?)

To get rid of inertia, we have to will ourselves to move. Even the littlest of movements count, like opening your Word file and typing out the title of this future story you had in mind. Or perhaps bringing out your pen tablet and plugging it into your computer, to start making a future artwork. For me, doing certain movements around the house (i.e. chores or simply walking around) helps me get my motivation back to making art. The little movements don’t even have to be related to the task you want to accomplish. Just any sort of movement will help. They’ll help shift your energy.

Now… Through Facebook, I recently just discovered Lilly Singh (aka ||Superwoman||). So for this post, I thought I’d share this video that will hopefully continue to help overcome inertia.


5 Minutes of EPIC Motivation

How many times have you taken a negative and developed it into a beautiful picture?

You have every single thing you need for what you need to do and the only person stopping you is YOU.


Plus, here’s another video from Lilly Singh about getting back to your feet- even when the toughest of problems arise.


Get Back Up!

My success should not be driven by the need to make people feel stupid. What would I accomplish by that? But you know what my success is driven by? The need to prove myself wrong.


Believe that YOU can do it. YOU CAN OVERCOME THIS. You are a gem and you were made to shine in this world. Don’t let anyone or anything dull your sparkle.

Do NOT ever let these negative thoughts get to you.
Art by: Me

Also… Failure is totally normal and shouldn’t be an excuse for us to stop. In my life, I’ve failed sooooo many times. I’ve been an an art person all my life and I failed my ART elective in high school (I got a grade of 5.00 and in my school, that’s equivalent to a big fat “F”) even if I did submit my plates. My works have been criticized to the point that 15-year old me broke down and cried after getting home from school. It hurt a lot because art has been my field of interest since I was like, 2. Even recently, I sadly didn’t bag any awards from my graduation even if I exerted blood, sweat, and tears to make all my class projects in the highest quality possible. Heck… until now, I haven’t found any success in my chosen field yet. And even then, I still choose to push through with my field. I believe nothing worth having comes easy. Society is a dream-tester.

So let’s all bring each other up. We need more passionate and driven people in this world.


Kaela is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer who draws inspiration from her quirks, childhood nostalgia, and pop/sub-culture.

6 thoughts on “Inertia and Motivation

  1. This was interesting, I had not heard about that before, but it’s definitely something I have experienced and can be common in my daily life. You do have to keep trying, and keep doing what you have to do to bring happiness into your life. We are lucky that we do have a passion for something. 😀

    1. That’s so true! It’s definitely a blessing we’re passionate about something.

      As for that inertia thing, I think all, if not most people- even the passionate ones, go through that “stuck” phase. The important thing is getting yourself back up.

  2. “Society is a dream tester” is a gorgeous quotation. I’m at the stage of life in which I’m set to graduate, have an internship lined up but feel like I’m not properly pursuing my dreams. The thing is I have NO idea of what my dreams are. I feel like I’m going to be so unhappy in life as I might never feel fulfilled if I have no dreams. I need to test out lots of different dreams but still find myself procrastinating my life away… 🙁

    1. I just graduated college last week so I know what you mean. Even if I have more or less an idea of what I want, I too have yet to discover a lot about myself. I’m still super worried I’ll be stuck in a job I hate. And at the same time, I’m also super worried I might get “sick” what I’m passionate about (since things CAN still change). I’ve encountered sleepless nights from all these thoughts.

      I feel like when you’re young (like our age- the early 20s), it’s VERY normal to not know what you want to do yet. In your 20s, you’re still figuring out yourself. However, I do get that there’s a whole LOT of pressure from society, but we just have to sit back and chill. Go and make mistakes; this is the age to do it! Work hard, try out different jobs, do some self-analysis, get lazy (but not always lol), fail, try again, have fun… Enjoy your youth! Everything else will happen in its own time.

      Remember this: Everyone moves in their own pace. 🙂

  3. Damn, that’s some deep art. O: This really is a motivational post though. 😀 I think often when people are having trouble they forget that the people they look up to have had those kind of troubling times too, and you CAN get back up. And there I don’t mean that their problems aren’t valid or anything. Just that you can get yourself in a rut if you’re not motivated towards anything in particular. Good post, good post. 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lotte! 🙂 What you said is so true. Failure is inevitable and even the most successful people have encountered them.

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