Posted by: nedlnthred | October 26, 2015

Just Do It.

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HELPING.

For many years I have worked to figure out what the hell I’m “supposed” to be doing with myself, my life, my free time.  I’ve got that thing going on where I work at something all day, then come home and what’s left is a weird combination of my *actual* career and free time, whatever that really is.  Lately what that is has been an ABD life with a dissertation hanging over my head, providing ready-made guilt as needed.

But today someone posted this on his feed:

http://markmanson.net/passion?utm_campaign=mmnet-newsletter-2015-10-22&utm_medium=email&utm_source=mmnet-newsletter

beth stitching german

The Endless Sleeves!! Working at Black Gryphon Inn. Photo courtesy of David DeVito.

Oh, right.  What do I do in my free time?  I make reproduction clothes.  I stitch things with gorgeous fabrics because it gives me joy.  I organize time with friends so we can do this together.  Right.  Duh.

I want to get the dissertation done, but it turns out that the thing I blurted out years and years ago to a coworker is still right:  I want a life where I can spend some of my time teaching these techniques, some of my life researching and writing, and some of my time making things.  Weirdly enough, I have kinda made that.  Hell, lately I’ve essentially been writing for a living, see this:

gorey just writer

Illustration by the amazing Edward Gorey, ganked from an internet meme. As one does.

http://blog.fitnyc.edu/volumesandissues/ 

You can love the life you’re living, or live the life you love.

But also, Everything I need, I have right here.

 


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