I’m sitting here wondering what to do. I want to write something. I want to make a little music. I want to do a little art. I want to understand quantum entanglement. I want to make breakfast. I want. I want. I want to do all the things
the creative minimalist
I call myself the creative minimalist. At times the minimalist aspect is part aspirational and part ironic. It certainly doesn’t modify the creative part of the name. The two parts are and remain quite distinct. The creative polymath might be more accurate. However, I am not the expert being a polymath often implies.
I want to do too many things. If I visualised my perfect day it would be a mixture of playing the guitar, recording sound and writing words. However, that is a broad brush stroke. What songs or music do I want to play? What sounds and stories do I want to craft? I have hundreds of songs and almost as many ideas for stories.
Want and need are two different things. I want to do all the things yet I need to feed and clothe myself. I want to do all the things but I need to live and support myself. Aligning wants and needs is my Holy Grail. Like the elusive chalice, alignment might be a myth too far.
I want to do all the things
I start some of the things, and sometimes manage to focus on just one thing… for a while. Because my mind wants to do all the things, it loses interest in the thing currently before me. It wanders. It meanders. It negotiates excuses and makes reasoned arguments for moving on to some ‘thing’ else.
The solution is to connect all the things I want to do with my life goals, my ambitions, my dreams, my reason for existing – all the big picture stuff. My wants have to be related to my goals. My goals should encompass my needs. There needs to be a motivation to keep me working on the things I want to do. That will come from the connection.
I want to do all the things. I can’t. I have to decide. I have to choose one at a time. Make sure it is aligned with what I want to achieve and do it.
I am back to the same position.
Sitting here, wondering what to do.
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