I’m sitting on the living room floor, Christmas tree lights glowing, blanket wrapped tight, puppy snuggled close.
On the surface, all is calm.
But look beneath the surface, and I’m in an ocean of change. A place where important decisions about the future need to be made…soon.
In approaching these decisions, I feel this crazy pull between two options:
Option 1: You better figure this out ASAP! Think, think, think! Don’t stop thinking, hurry! Priority #1 is to FIGURE. THIS. OUT. *commence banging head against wall*
Option 2: You just need rest. Like a total break from even thinking about any of this. Turn out the lights, take a nap, and stay inside. Shhhh…don’t focus on anything but resting. *commence napping for three weeks*
Does this resonate with anyone? I get caught between these two options all the time. But, especially this time, neither one holds the answer.
Forcing fresh inspiration can cause super-frustration. But exclusively resting seems too much like avoidance.
What do I do? What will help me find the clarity I’m craving?
It took me a few days to figure this out, but here it is:
I need to fill my cup with things that will inspire new thoughts and ideas. Things that will challenge and change the way I view the world.
Where do I find those things?
Specifically, in three places:
“We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.” -Ursula K. Guin
“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” -Anais Nin
“To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self….And to venture in the highest is precisely to be conscious of one’s self.” -Kierkegaard
That’s my formula.
Books, relationships, and adventures.
And along the way, I have no doubt the answers will become clear. :)
So, now that I’ve shared this, I’m curious:
Do you have a different approach? What do you do to find clarity when you’ve got big life decisions looming?For Photographers, Personal