I have recently read an article from Flow Magazine Issue 9. It was an interview of a writer and philosopher Damon Young. What Damon said was a coincident resonance of what I have been thinking in the last couple of years.
I have been thinking a lot about life in recent years. Maybe it’s something natural when you get older. I have been thinking that time is running out faster than I would have liked so it has made me more aware of how I should spend my life and what I want to achieve in life. Damon said “life is not just something you receive; you have to work on it”. This statement is spot on for me. At the end of the day we only live once. It will be really sad if we don’t have control over it. Life is full of choices and we have to make choices for ourselves. We are the only one who can detemine what is right for us. Whilst we are doing it, we have to of course think about people around us and how our life will affect them. Damon rightly points out that getting the right balance between our dreams and people around us is important. To be able to do this we need to continually evaluate ourselves and our lives as circumstances can change at any time. What mattered most for us last year may not be the same now.
I like the garden metaphor that Demonstrates used but as I am not a gardener I find my creative project gives me the same effect as a garden does because when you create something you have to give it time to cultivate and have the patience to finish it. It requires constant evaluation to see if it needs any adjustment.
I have never before considered distraction as an escape but now that Demon mentioned it I think there is a lot of truth in that.
Once you know what you want in life and continually evaluate it and be aware of what is stopping you from pursuing them then life will be much easier to manage and you are more likely to live a fulfiling life.