Imagine my surprise when I loaded my Thinkup and saw this insight.
If you follow my Twitter, you might not be surprised, but I was.
A lot has changed over the last year, and I am really not comfortable with the state of my life right now. We bought a restaurant, and I thought that things wouldn't change all that much since Brian had been running it for several years. Everything changed.
Not just in Brian's life, but in mine. I am probably thinking about this a bit more than I should since today is our 18th Anniversary, and we spent most of the day dealing with the restaurant. I am not bitter about, but it does show how much things have changed.
Days off have disappeared, and we spend most if not all of our time working on that business. That is part of the price for owning a business, but part of it is a result of the breakdown of our culture.
I am not saying what you might think I am.
I am a writer deep down in my soul, and I believe that artists of every kind are the trustees of culture. We present our images and words to the culture and the culture in turn reinterprets them and incorporates them. Our images and words are important, and they have an effect on the state of the culture.
So, I find myself thinking a lot about where my work, as small of an impact as it may have, is either contributing to the problem or the solution.
The problem is that I am not sure how exactly to perform this self-evaluation. I hope I am doing well, but this is one of those situations where my intentions are only a tiny fraction, the rest is up to my readers.
My Readers are the Greatest People I Know!
I am not just saying that because they give me money, but because I have met many of them, and they are kind, compassionate, and bright people. That say far more about them than it does about me.
I feel like my job needs to be not only to write more, but to make space for them to meet each other so we can do so much more together.
need, new, working, going, know
When I saw that collection of words, it did something to me. I would like to say that it focused me, but in reality, it made me wonder what it has to say about me.
I need- I need to confront the issues in my life the way I always have, through stories and images so I can dig into the deep issues before me.
New- I need something new. I have become obsessed with new, and while I know that there are no new stories under the sun to tell, new is about excitement. That is why I am so thrilled with the stories I am working on. They are exciting to me, and I hope they will be exciting to you.
Working- Like many, if not most, of you, I am working all the time. My mind never stops racing, except during meditation. I have started reading more comics, and find places to recharge.
Going- I feel like I am going no where, but I am really am. We all are. The trick is learning to see it.
Know- I know who I am, and I know what I like and what I want to see in the world. I have to make it a priority to bring them into reality.
Do those words resonate with you? If not, what are your words? Let's start a conversation and make change starting today.