We ordered Chinese food this week. I’m a sucker for Moo Shoo Pork, Double Stir Fried String Beans, Salt and Pepper Smelt, Eight Treasure Tofu Pot, and well, I like everything on the menu. Oh, and egg rolls. Don’t forget the egg rolls. The entertainment portion of the evening is reading your Fortune Cookie. Mine made me cry because we all know the predictions in Fortune Cookies are always 100% accurate. It said, “You will start that thing you have been putting off.”
I have sound reasons for delaying this thing. First, I’ve had too many projects in various stages of completion. Each one vies for my attention and makes me juggle competing demands, worry over unnecessary delays, and run in continuous circles. I have used postponing the start of my pet project as a carrot. Once I have cleared the deck and finished these annoying, never-ending tasks, then I earn my reward.
The second reason I have banished my shiny new “thing” to wait in the wings is that it is a passion project. Once I begin, I know it will consume me. My muse will become my obsession. I won’t have time for anything else because I intend to devote every available moment to my project. Work-life balance won’t exist. My work and my life will intertwine, and there will be no conceivable way to distinguish between the two. I won’t want to separate them.
I will forget to eat, and I won’t notice when someone enters the room. I’ll lose track of time and become irritated when my body requires sleep. Some people deem this level of focus a sacrifice, but not me. There is nothing in the world I would rather be doing. Creating my work brings me happiness and inspires me to drive past reasonable limitations.
Galileo Galilei said, “Passion is the genesis of genius.” I can’t wait to pour gas on this glowing ember, start a blazing fire and let my passion run wild.
Do you have a “thing” you have been putting off?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer