Having abandoned my “poisonous checklist“, I sat down to write a new one. My intent was for everything on this new checklist to be something that could happen right away, and that is in my control. I am done waiting around and being disappointed.
When I sat down to write, I was surprised to discover that actually, there is no new checklist. Instead, I am giving myself one simple purpose:
This is truly the only objective that is entirely my responsibility, and that can happen right now. If I’m having fun, career advancement and financial return don’t matter. Creating a wonderful experience for myself ensures that everything I do will be worth it. Unlike most things in life, this is something I can guarantee for myself.
To fuel this goal, I am investing in two primary actions:
1) Make changes.
I’ve decided that if I don’t like the way things are, then I need to take action to change my situation. Over the past few months, I’ve been taking baby steps, and it’s been invigorating. (at this point all I can say is that things are percolating, hopefully I’ll be able to tell you why soon!) If things don’t work out, at least I can say that I tried.
2) Savor little victories.
A few weeks ago, a student wrote to me: “You really respected me to make my own choices and to create my own drawing style. I felt valued and respected being an artist in your class.” Teaching can be tough at times, but gems always manage to emerge that I have to remind myself to hold onto.
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