I look at my room and see all the things that I want to be. I want to be a guitarist. I want to be a swimmer. I want to know Spanish. I want to know French. I want to draw comic books. I want to write comic books. I want to read all types of things. I want to be better at social media. Yet, at the end of the day, I prioritize little of these things.
What can you do about that? You may not have time for everything. You have a lot on your plate moving forward for your career, for your romance, or just have kids to play with. Once again, I am going to say something that sounds like an easy fix. Start somewhere.
We have very long lives, regardless of it being a blink of an eye in the grand scheme of things. There is so much we can accomplish if we just take things one step at a time. My largest problem is that I have always been an ‘all in’ kind of person. I want to write a novel, I want to learn to play guitar, I want to swim, and I want to do it all at the same time. That has left me with books strewn across the room, a guitar in the corner, and me not having actually done any of it.
Patience for this kind of stuff is not easy. If you are not excelling immediately, you may want to give up. That’s what ends up happening to a lot of things I do. What? I’m not jumping into the pool and automatically an Olympiad? I pick up a guitar and I’m not Bruce Springsteen? I have to actually work at this? Think about some other expletive who are in these fields. Some of them are talented, but they all worked at it. They didn’t just pick up a guitar and go with it. They learned how to play it. You have to do that too.
My focus lately has been my writing. I want to get these novels out so that they are out of my head. That does not mean I need to fully push my guitar playing to the background. I just need to keep with some of these things for a while instead of ignoring them in my room. All it takes is twenty minutes a day to change your habits and add to your skill list.
In the end, we do only have a finite amount of time. We have to choose the things that mean something to us to continue and complete. You can still try. You can still take the leap into something new and have a really fun time while you do it. I love music. I love swimming. And all of the various things I have mentioned. Perhaps this will be the year to take up some of these things and check things off my list. At the very least, I’m finishing a novel and that’s one thing down a billion more to keep on.