My son is in Los Angeles, day five of a trip to visit his uncles with his grandparents. I am puttering about, recovering from an unchecked sinus infection and rained-out photo shoot. So I'm in my office, trying to decide what to tackle today, when I find this piece of paper.
"Always use common subjects.
Love, relationships, growing up, and other
That's a really good bit of wisdom from a 10-year old. (Now Shane says it's not originally from him, which it's probably not, but he took the time to write it down and claim it.)
I'm getting closer to 40 -- 9 days to be exact. This past week was gross and cloudy, mostly my body fighting off an infection, which throws off my focus and plans and the whole unrelenting work of becoming. (Yeah, yeah, I know I should just take to the bed. Not happening.)
One thing that is becoming clear, both professionally and personally, is that I sit at crossroads in deciding what project and stories are worth my time and energy, and which ones are for someone else to chase. What is the best use of this ability to assemble nouns, verbs, and adjectives? What's the best use of my time now?
I know how I've used it before, at 25 and 35. What about now, knowing what I know? Having lived the life I've lived? What best serves others, and my family? What's best for me?
I love Nate's note because it's so true and untarnished and sweet.
I love this piece of paper because it helps ground me and sort through distractions. Love, relationships, growing up, and other everyday things.