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Wednesday, September 23, 2009


There is a bunch of this that resonates with me... Mid-life thing perhaps? I'm having one hell of a time trying to figure out a lot of things myself. I don't have any answers and I'm not getting much advice. Somehow I feel like maybe I have most of the answers inside me but may I'm suppressing them because I'm afraid, or confused, or just not ready to make certain changes. Like you, a lot of changes have gone on in my life, but for me, not all positive. A lot of turmoil.

I have shut down all of my creativity as I focus on mostly practical things and have been head down in "the grind" for too long. I really miss the creative stuff to. I love photography and photo manipulation in photoshop. I've done ZIP in the past few years. Nor have I learned anything other new skills.

Anyway, the only philosophical thought that pops into my head is something inane like, "Life is not a destination, it's a journey." Which I think represents the idea that it's not like there is some stationary place in life that we have to "get to"... All of your "wandering" *is* living and as long as you're enjoying and experiencing new things, that's good. You're doing great.

But ya, that pesky responsible side that wants you to make money now... I know that too.

Aw heck... just ignore it and wander some more! That's more fun than the responsible side. ;-)

Another addition to your blog comments by Mark. I wish I could be more useful.

Ooops. In my final paragraph on the comment what I meant to say was "Another useless addition to your blog comments by Mark..."

I kind of just meander myself. Like you're getting a brain dump of random, tangentially related items.

Cheers and have a great weekend.

The game playing resonates with me. I gave it up in my daughter's first year.

I've been tempted to get a Wii, maybe expose my daughter in a limited fashion, but now I think not. Life is moving a bit too fast right now.

My daughter's limited exposure to screen entertainment has been a boon. At 5-years-old we're still able to use electronic media only for learning. She is transfixed by what she sees, quickly assimilating the details with rapt interest.

Oh, but I do miss the gaming.

Mark: We'll figure it out, sooner or later.

AJ: I think that's why my wife got me the hand held console. This way, I am able to keep Seth off it most of the time.

Thanks Brett.

AJ, sometime check out Failure to Connect by Jane Healy. It's kind of an eye opener. She has interesting things to say about what's going on when kids seem transfixed by what they see and how they're assimilating details with rapt interest.

Interesting comments from in there about educational software and revealing comments from people in the educational software business as I recall.

I had written a brief plug of the book on my blog about 5 years ago.

Wow, I really identified with this post, Brett. It's like you're talking about my life, too. I feel guilty for pursuing creative, fun things in my life and yet feel like I'm letting life go by me without truly enjoying it, while getting bogged down by 'responsibility'. I'm rambling, but you definitely made sense. thanks, you've given me something to think about...

Well, since we once worked together in the same soul-sucking meat factory...

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