A smidge jealous and rather happy for a guy I’d imagine could have become a great friend at work, had we worked together longer. Greg and Mel are getting married, quitting their jobs and taking a 5-month bike ride across Europe.
The point of all this is: You owe it to the world to do what you love, to have passion for your work. There are too many people going through their daily lives on autopilot, doing what has to be done, regardless of whether or not they have the desire to do it. There’s honor in that responsibility, but really, you only have one life.
If you feel a strong pull to do something, do it, and keep at it. If you plug away a little each day, eventually you’ll build momentum. And when you hit a plateau, don’t let your discouragement last too long. Keep in mind that the people whose level you hope to someday reach were once in your position, thinking the exact same thing.
So take what you want. Do the best you can with what you have, and work with what you’ve got. Start small, build momentum, and watch opportunities open up to you.
Stay up late, work hard, do anything to make progress on a project you feel unwavering passion for, whatever it is that makes your mind race and keeps you up at night.
Stop delaying and telling yourself you’ll begin tomorrow, because really, that day will never come.
And since every step counts, take a small one today. Right now. Just do something that will take you one step closer to reaching your goal.
I’m doing a holiday special for CBC Radio 3. It airs on cbcradio3.com on Christmas Day at 5pm Pacific, December 27th at 5am Pacific, and December 31st at 1pm Pacific. It features stuff like this clip, great moments in sweater history, and sweater talk with Dan Werb of Woodhands and Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat. You like?
My friend Dave Shumka has created a brilliant “All-Star Tribute to Sweaters” for CBC Radio 3, which is excerpted above. This is what you should do on Christmas, Canada. Get on that.
“According to Wikipedia, a sweater is ‘a butt sandwich, made out butt chunks, and covered in butt juice. ’ You know what? I think this may have been vandalized.”