Who really ever has a plan? We all have our dreams for the future, and ideas for what we want. Certainly, though, plans almost never really work out.
If my life went as planned up to this point I'd probably be....somewhere? No idea, but it probably wouldn't be that great. I made a lot of plans based on emotion and immaturity, and fortunately those were stopped at every turn.
Anyway, I spent the 5 years with a simple layer of a plan: Get good at something at all costs. So I took a photo every day. (Then I moved to video, but that's just moving pictures so for all intents and purposes let's just say it's the same thing)
Why couldn't I learn to code every day or do something useful? Photography is easy and entertaining. I could feel accomplished with doing very little work. That's the place where it all started.
Fast-forward to 5 years. I'm good at photography, slightly less crappy at video, and I've made a little money from the two. I've definitely grown in these departments.
Here I am now, much less well-rounded than before. Photography/Video is an integral part of "my thing", but I have to find something else. I stopped reading, I stopped writing, and my attention span has shrunk. Writing this post is an addictive release in and of itself. I feel like I have to post all the time.
Is that a thing? Post-addiction?
The past couple days have been a struggle. I don't know what to do with myself. The only thing I can think is to get used to "going dark" or at least significantly shrinking my voice online for a little while. I have a stack of books to read anyway.
Alright you caught me, this is a poorly organized plug for my podcast, The 365 with Will Malone featuring Kenneth Burke.
Episode 41 is out November 1, and we talk all this stuff, so get ready. It'll be my monthly outlet to address the internet like the vlog allowed me to do every day. Kenneth just recommended some books that we will talk about in Episode 42 as well so I'm looking forward to turning some non-virtual pages again.