Finding Motivation in Dark Times

Today I am going to write about the time I wrote my Bachelor’s thesis. It was the spring of 2020, a time period that has probably left a mark in the collective memory of the entire world. I chose my topic in February, and I planned to solely focus on writing the thesis in March when classes were supposed to finish for me. However, things didn’t go as planned. During mid-March, almost everything closed. Amidst the happening, I moved from Tallinn back to my hometown Viljandi in less than a day.

Sitting at home all day engaged in unhealthy habits is not a very fruitful environment for the birth of a piece of writing that would grant me my degree. In late April, less than one month before the deadline, my work was about 10% completed.

Then came a day full of sorrow, on 25th April my cat of 18 years passed away. I spent a day mourning, and then I came to an epiphany. My cat would have wanted me to finish university. So I got myself together, contacted my instructor, and managed to write my work in less than four weeks. It didn’t get me the best grade, but I passed, and that’s the most important.

I guess the moral of the story is, that motivation can be found in the strangest places, and even if it might look silly to outside observers, as long as it is valid for you, it will boost your endeavors.

Post Author: Gazmir