There has been a ton of validation the last few weeks. And really I have to go back to my childhood. Dad, if you’re reading this, I blame you for this brainwashing.
Over and over again I had Dad’s lectures when I screwed up and did stupid things he would say verbatim “How many times do I have to tell you? Focus. Focus. Focus.”
Focus. Oh how that word has haunted me.
I thought it was hilarious that I got that when I took the picture.
It’s what I’ve been doing.
We all have a to-do list right? Sometimes it is the mundane crap like
1. Take out trash
2. Find my pants
3. Get out of bed
Normal crap. No one wants to adult enough to deal with this stuff, but we all accept that on some days at least you have to do it. If you figure out how to make those things exciting let me know alright? (Note to self: worry about impending demise if i wake up excited about said things.)
But we all possess a bigger to do list inside as well. It’s what we’re called to do. It can be something like “I gotta colour this comic page” or “I got so many k words to write” or “I got to run twenty miles today”. It’s the bigger things, the things that make this life worth living. Or as the bible would say:
“For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt. 22:14)
Many things are always happening around you. Distractions are like cockroaches – they are everywhere. Instead of writing this blog for instance, I was watching a twitch stream with my buddy. I could go on facebook and see my status for the ten millionth time today. I could go on twitter and cause chaos and mayhem there.
In fact, I do sometimes. But I digress.
The point is there are a zillion things that you could always do. There always a zillion things you can do.
Focusing on things that matter at some point makes you realize a very simple truth.
Very few things really matter.
Let that sink in for a second.
If very few things really matter, then it stands to reason that in all of our lives there is a ton of clutter. A pigpen of sorts gets in the way of the things we should do or want to do in favor of accomplishing nothing.
Distractions can be many things. They can be stress related (harder to deal with), drugs, comic books, video games; really, the items in question can be any assorted thing. Anything that takes your eye away from what you want or what you need to do is something you don’t need by and large.
Not that distractions are a bad thing from time to time. We all need time to unplug from what we are doing. If anything, I probably should do it more often. Or at the very least, diversify what I’m doing. Unplugging is great.
But let’s be honest with ourselves. A lot of us get caught up in not doing stuff right? You know you probably could write at least a thousand words. But…well, I could list anything here, but the key word here is the word “but.” While the specific things are all different for all of us, the but is linked to one key question.
But what about all the things I’m missing going down this path?
Life is a million open doors and when you narrow down your choices of what you really want to do, you only have a certain set number of doors you can walk through if you’re serious.
Of course, if you’re serious about this, you’re going to walk through one of those doors. And if you’re not serious, you don’t. Deeds are truer than any words.
Right now, I’m doing a lot of different things out there. I’m writing a noir story, (slowly), working on a Dr. Seuss style comic book I have no idea I’m good enough to even attempt. I got a novel nearly finished. I need to get that into the last phase. I got a board game to start testing in a month. I got a tour to plan for October. My podcast has to regularly come out. I just posted a new episode today. I need another one by the weekend.
All the things that really matter are in that last paragraph. Not much else does right now.
If I focus on the things I need to do, and go forward doing my best to do all the things on my plate, I’m not missing anything. There is nothing else out there for me. And there isn’t anything else out there for you either.
The truth is, if you are serious about doing anything in this world, you have to set yourself the expectation that you are going to do it. It’s how you build yourself and go towards the things that are important to you. You have to focus.
I now feel like my dad. I need to go. Figure out what you want and go for it. You miss nothing if you do this.