What Do You Need Versus What You Want
“Riding my life
Like a run-a-way train
One track to that
Screaming at the moon
Only my voice came back
Only the echo came back”
Prodigal Blues- Billy Idol
We need to have another conversation about identifying what you need versus what you want. It is an important distinction because when you know the difference it makes life easier.
We are about six months into this new chapter of our lives or maybe it is more accurate to say that we are six months into the transition that leads to the next chapter. Frankly I can’t decide which is which and I am not sure if it really matters.
What I know for certain is that we have faced considerable challenges and though you may not see it I can tell you we have already overcome most of them. That is the benefit of life experience speaking. I can look at the past and use that as a reasonably accurate tool to see the future. While it doesn’t provide me with as much clarity or prescient sight as we might like it is enough.
Think of it as being similar to my being taller than you are. The extra height allows me to see what lies ahead more easily than you can. But though I work hard to try to make you comfortable and confident I know that you are feeling unsettled. I am sorry for that and I’ll do my best to change that quickly but in the interim you just have to roll with the punches.
It is not unlike our conversations about sailing and body surfing. It is much harder to fight the current so it is to our advantage to swim with it when we can. If you work hard and time it right you just might be able to use the energy of the waves to make your way to shore.
I don’t know when you are going to read this but I expect it is going to be sometime in the distant future. You understanding and interpretation of these words will be different then. You’ll be older and more mature and maybe you’ll have a deeper appreciation of what happened and why I did certain things. That is also tied into why I haven’t told you about everything.Â I don’t think it would help you and I don’t want you being worried about what you can’t change.
My grandfather used to say that you have to play the hand your dealt and he was right. But that doesn’t make it any easier for me to sit back and watch.Â I am certainly better about it
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.” William Shakespeare
It is Sunday afternoon and I am hanging out with my electronic mistresses. Got the computer, iPod and Droid on the end table next to me, but my real focus is on trying to find the right words to express myself. Those aren’t quite right but they aren’t necessarily wrong either.
Been thinking about what my goals are and wondering if the plan I created makes sense. Maybe sense isn’t the right word either, maybe it is more accurate to say that I am evaluating my progress and trying to determine if I can become more effective/efficient.
Old Willy Shakespeare is right about all of the different parts we play in life. It is kind of fun to look back at former roles and to look ahead at those that are coming down the pike. Been spending most of my time looking at those that are just around the corner with a mix of excitement and anxiety.
Some of the changes that I expect are going to rock this world that we created and I can’t say how. I expect most if not all will lead to good things and many improvements but it is possible that there might be a few snags. It is those hiccups that concern me but I am determined to hit them head on.
I am tired of watching and waiting. Bring on the battle and let’s dance a little bit. It won’t be the first time that I have gotten popped on the chin and I want to know what sort of impact it is going to have. It sounds melodramatic but I always do better after blood has been drawn. I do better because now I know what I am dealing with and can adjust accordingly.
“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine” Ralph Waldo Emerson
That is one of my favorite quotes. It is a reminder that sometimes we are our own biggest enemies. It is a fair assessment. When I look in the mirror I see my arch nemesis and the superhero he battles with.
But so much of this comes back to making the determination of what we need and what we want. Because when you figure that out it becomes much easier to eliminate the extraneous crap that creates confusion. Get rid of the dead weight and focus on the people/places/things that help you love and live.
Get rid of the dead weight and you find the days are better, brighter and happier. That is my focus and has been for a while but until recently it hasn’t been real obvious to others. That is ok with me because we have to follow our paths and do our best to live the lives that we want.
So children climb on my back if you need to and just hold on because sometimes daddies don’t bother asking for directions or try looking for a path. I am a traveler through life and so are you.
That is one of the reasons I am a dad blogger. This joint here helps clear my mind and makes it easier for me to see the path I am trying to create. It also provides a great chronicle of the things we have done and the experiences we have shared.