Thursday, March 21, 2013

having it all. or not.

Yesterday I had a good conversation with a friend. About living the creative life, day job vs creative work, when creative work is your day job, time management, etc. What sparked the conversation was an Onion article; Find the Thing You Are Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life. The Onion did what it does best; using satire to push real buttons. This one pushed a lot of my buttons. (That's a good thing, regardless of your opinion about the article, having your buttons pushed is a good thing.)

This morning, Amy Sundberg wrote a post along the same theme. But not satire, simply real life situations and facts:  Nobody Can Have It All. An excerpt:

"It’s so much sexier to talk about priorities in terms of what you can accomplish with them, as opposed to what you have to give up. But the accomplishment and sacrifice come together... Priorities are set based on how much we want something, but they are also set based on what we’re willing to do without. You’re willing to not have much of a normal social life? Then you can be a concert pianist. You’re willing to not see your kids very often? Then you can be a high-powered CEO. Most of us don’t have choices that are quite as extreme, but the core principle remains the same." ~read more 

Finding what works. What you want. What you have control over. What you are willing (and able) to sacrifice.  Right now, in your current situation. (It's what I'm trying to do.)

Anyhow. Here are three random cool things that actually do relate to sacrifices and priorities, but mostly they made me tingle with delight just a bit. 

1) Onna-Bugeisha: Japan, 19th Century. “An onna-bugeisha (女武芸者) was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese upper class." (read more
3) Filipina actor, Marian Rivera as the Visayan warrior, Amaya welding her sword for justice. (read more

and 3) And the latest Star Trek trailer. (Evil evil Benedict Cumberbatch!)


  1. Great point Galen. It might be tough to accept a time limitation but it's necessary. And it is probably the key to really achieving what is important to you.

    1. Kari! thank you! It's a work in progress for me, probably for everyone. What can be put on the cutting block. What can't be. It's a different answer for everyone (as is the end result).