Remember to enjoy the scenery

Sometimes I get so caught up in wanting to achieve my goals and being afraid of remaking the same mistakes that I lose sight of why I’m doing what I’m doing. Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin & Hobbes, told a graduating class in 1990,

“Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement.”

I find it incredibly easy to let fear and a desire for excellence get in the way of letting my work satisfy my soul. I am the master conjuror of the cloud of grumpy gloom that loves to sit on my head. I knew this in December, and more importantly, I knew I’d forget it.

So I got Calvin & Hobbes racing down a hillside tattooed on my forearm with Bill’s wisdom.

The truth is, most of us discover where we’re heading when we arrive.”

If there were more room, I’d add the rest:

“At that time, we turn around and say, yes, this is obviously where I was going all along. It’s a good idea to try to enjoy the scenery on the detours, because you’ll probably take a few.”

It’s tough to know when you’re on a detour or the right path. Regardless, it’s important to remember to enjoy the scenery.

🎉 🍻 ❤️ — Andy

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