Hi Sam, thanks for your comment. Hope the freelancing life is working out well for you — it definitely can feel like a Sysphean battle sometimes, but at least you’re pushing your own boulder and not being weighed down by the mass and (non)matter of others; at least that’s how I rationalise things when it gets tough, as it invariably does! Good luck to you too :)
Brilliantly put. This nurturing instinct of ours is actually damaging; damaging to us first and foremost and our sense of ourselves (when we mentally self-flagellate), then our relationships, and in the long-run, the perceptions we inadvertently allow those we protect to create about us/women. Doing otherwise is about breaking that cycle of discontent.
Thanks for your words Christopher! Glad the piece was helpful. I think we all continually question our originality, I definitely find it assuring and inspiring to read how others approach this interminable conundrum. We learn and grow ;)
So true. Akin to simplifying your life so you can swap multiple distractions for a concentrated focus on the things that matter. Or, as the late great Bruce Lee, a champion of extraordinariness, said: “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”
Glad you enjoyed the piece Jackie! I think it’s the perennial life struggle, the eternal Sisphean task that faces us all. Balancing the needs and desires to produce and experience as much as possible, with the need to press pause from time to time.
Thanks for the kind words Russell, and the book recommendation — I’ll definitely add that to my list! I’m currently re-reading around Tao, Yoga and Zen Buddhism, which as I’m sure you know, all in different ways go into great depth about how we extend and expand into the spaces we occupy. Look forward to reading your article on spatial awareness; I’ve “followed” you so should get an alert!