I read this FANTASTIC article last week. It’s about how we, as humans, often find ourselves “stuck” in phases of life. These phases include but are not limited to: boredom, creative overload, workaholism, just plain slow, overwhelming, etc. etc. You know what I mean once you read “Navigating Stuckness.”
While reading the article, I found myself fascinated by Harris’ life, particularly how each chapter was so strongly defined by what consumed his time in that specific stage of his life. From art to coding to storytelling to writing…there is so much talent in this one person to admire. And I think we should all be that way.
In Chapter 3 of his life, Harris resolved to be a multi-talented and experienced person:
Instead of trying to be the smartest person in the room, now I wanted to be the most interesting.
“Navigating Stuckness” in its entirety, is an inspiring story encouraging us to find what it is we want to do, and simply do it with no requirements of justification, salary, or even valid reason. Sometimes it feels like a paradox, but most times I think it’s just life. And life is a countdown.
In life, you will become known for doing what you do. That sounds obvious, but it’s profound. If you want to be known as someone who does a particular thing, then you must start doing that thing immediately. Don’t wait. There is no other way.
A couple of weeks ago, I was pondering the moves I would be making in my life within the next few years. I wanted a life plan to somewhat base the years on. This is the result:
After the inevitability of “22: graduate”, I found that there is no realistic way to build a life plan. The only idea that kept coming to mind was that of passion. How do you want to occupy your time? That is the real question. And the only question we should never forget to ask ourselves. Mostly because the answer is solid and true. We know what we want, and what we don’t want. And when we know what these things are…we must go after them.
Jonathan Harris makes the same argument, and he tells us how we might stay a step ahead of the traps that lead us to “stuckness”. Reading his story in chapters, and being able to separate those chapters makes it blatantly obvious (to me at least) that we should practice our passions without limits.
I want to be interesting AND smart. And I want to be good at writing and telling stores, while also being good at snowboarding. I want to be able to knit and code and play the piano and practice travel photography. I hope to be good at drawing and cooking and a whole slew of possible talents. It’s a collective work in progress; I don’t need to spend 9-5pm every day doing the same one thing. I can spend it doing several things. And the best part of all is that I think this would make us happier.
If you’re always doing what you love, you will always be happy. And if you’re always happy, then you will never be stuck.