Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Laying a Foundation
The other day I was whining to myself about my lack of skill in certain areas. This came about as I was thinking about turning 51 in a few weeks, having some skin cancer taken off of my face this week etc. What to do with the rest of my life. Do I like the job that I have? Do I want to do something different? Is it too late? I feel the years slipping by fast.
First, the skin cancer is basal and I should be fine. So that concern should be checked off.
Second, I love my job and it gives me the time to pursue other interests. Check.
Third, 51 is still young. Check.
Fourth, and I think this was my most important revelation of the past few weeks, is that if I want to do something else I have to properly lay the foundation. I did that for my job and still do it. I read for it, research for it, take classes for it. I subbed before I got the job, taught Sunday School for years to get ready and the prep paid off.
So as I try to decide what my next step in life will be I think of this often. Laying the foundation for something new, whether it be playing the violin better, crafting better, getting chickens, gardening better. It's all about the prep. And I will live like I have the time to properly do so.