Quitting has a negative connotation. It’s seen as giving up or being some sort of loser. A quitter is someone who couldn’t cut it. Things started to get difficult, they picked up their ball and went home. This doesn’t make any sense to me. There are times when quitting is the best option. You’ve done what you can and decide to move on to the next task or challenge. I have found myself in that position. Given the subject matter of my previous posts, you might be thinking that I’ve decided that it’s time to pursue another career path. Not quite. I’m actually feeling enthusiastic and optimistic about it these days even though much hasn’t changed. What I’m talking about it deciding when it’s time to quit my full time job to focus solely on writing, following my desired career path and being happy in life.
The world is a pretty messed up place these days. You can’t turn on the news or, more than likely these days, go on to Twitter or Facebook and not hear about an attack, shooting, beating or riot. And with all the political rhetoric being spewed around by both parties, there is more division among all of us that ever before. The old saying in news is ‘If it bleeds, it leads’ and that is more evident today then ever before. But beyond the sensational headlines and 24 hour coverage of the latest tragedy there are so many amazing acts of kindness going on all around. With that said, sometimes it would be nice to escape.
It’s better for some thing to be done than perfect. I’m not sure where I heard this quote, who said it for if it’s even right, but the sentiment is still there. There is nothing more fruitless than the pursuit of the impossible expectations of perfection. So be happy when something is finished.
67 days. Over two months. That’s how long it has been since I last posted something. I figure now is a good time to change that. So on Sunday afternoon I sat at the coffee shop with my notebook and started writing. Could I look anymore pretentious? The answer is no.
A few months ago I was listening to a podcast about writing. And in this particular episode the hosts were talking about why they write. As I was listening I started to ask myself that.
When I started this blog, one of my plans for it was to talk about my journey to get into advertising and the job search that goes with it. With the first month of the year behind us, I figure this is a perfect time for an update. Spoiler alert: it’s not going well.
(This is part two in a series in which I will take an honest look at my writing and pin point the things I need to improve. It started as a single, short post but I realized I had a…
There’s really no way to sugar coat it. I was bad at school. Middle of the road, at best, during high school and a little better in college. To be fair I was a business major in college so it was hard not to do well. It would be easy to blame the education system or the curriculum but I didn’t put my all into school. I just didn’t care. I had a class or two here and there that grabbed my interest, but for the most part I did what I needed to do to graduate. All of this is so strange because, a few years out of college and no homework, tests or essays in my future, I can’t stop wanting to learn. I crave knowledge.
I don’t know how to code HTML or CSS? I guess I’ll just take as many classes as I can. Not sure what I’m doing in Photoshop? The library has several books that I must read this instant. I can’t get enough. The world is filled with an unimaginable amount of things we can learn, but that’s all boring. My interest is in the stars.
I have decided that today as good time as any to take a lifeline and I’m going back into Think Kit past. While looking through some of the great prompts I found one that is, in a way, appropriate for me today. The prompt is to write about a big trip you took this year. The old prompts were given in December so you’d write about the previous year but I will be taking a big trip this year. I figured, why not use the excitement I have for it and write a little about it.
A few years back I started to grow tired of Facebook. I fell into the trap of checking all the time. Hitting refresh every fifteen seconds to see if there was anything new. There never was. At first I tried to just not go to it as much but caved every time I was bored. So I made a decision. I was going to deactivate my account. So on Memorial Day weekend (If it were any other weekend I wouldn’t remember) I did it. I was off Facebook. I will admit that it was hard at first and I almost logged back in after the first week but I stayed strong.
There is a drawback to not being on Facebook. Losing contact with friends.