In the grand scheme of life, having to wake up early to get a jumpstart on the day is not a big deal.
The sun is shining, the sky is blue, the wildfire haze has disappeared because society is back on a normal schedule and the weather only cooperates when no one has time to enjoy it.
These are the days when I am motivated the most-to follow through on my goals so that I can continue to enjoy days like this while everyone else is busy.
Long term planning is a trait I inherited from my father, who was a businessman for decades.
I mentioned yesterday that I have a last will and testament. I am healthy and only 35 but I know first hand how expensive and time consuming it is when a person dies.
And having one’s affairs in order just makes it easier.
I also think about my future care costs. I don’t ever visualize myself an old woman in a nursing home. Nowadays, there are so many people living awesome active lives well into their 80s and 90s.
Google Jane Fonda.
Or Gloria Vanderbilt.
I actually sat down and calculated how much money I’d want to have to sustain myself at that age and how I would want to live, 30-45 years in the future.
Adjusting for ridiculous inflation of course.
I also wrote out the various careers I want to explore.
And of course, author.
My 30’s have been all about writing. I thought I would have my novel published by now but I have held back on that because it’s not ready and I’m not ready.
When I feel a hesitation, I listen to it. There is usually a reason to hold back.
I don’t mean give up, I mean take an extra minute.
Summer of 2017, I was traveling for the first time in years and making an effort to write but I kept taking road trips and writing wasn’t happening the way I thought it would.
The 12-month evolution from last summer to this summer of 2018 has been an important one-one that I am beginning to appreciate and suspect will appreciate 5 years from now.
My writing style has changed. My overall goal remains the same but the method of which I aim to achieve it has changed.
For the better.
I am not flexible at all. I am stubborn and it takes a while for me to accept a different way of doing things.
But I have learned over the years how to be a tiny bit flexible, just enough to know when something isn’t working and needs a bit of tweaking.
10 years ago I quit teaching music and while I do not regret that decision, the immediate results of a sudden career change were a bit disastrous.
Again, for the better. Because now, I live a life more in line with what I want.
Summer of 2019 and 10 years from now, I cannot say what will be, but the effort I put in now towards my goals, won’t be forgotten or a waste of time.
That I do know.
Have a lovely day.
Almost an Author
Former Fantastic Violinist