What do you want to build?
I ask myself that question all of the time. The answer can be low-key or high reaching. Sometimes, it’s as base level as building the will to keep trying. The will to pick up my tools and keep chipping away at what matters, and look past what doesn’t.
Those tools have not come easily to me. I wrestled with each one on my belt, in my toolbox, the ones on the shelf that are still sharp and primed for what’s next.
What’s on your belt? What are you leaving on the shelf?
This week I’ve been thinking a lot about contrasts. Contrasting the then to the now, the now to the later, and later to the “What’s next?”
You never really know how much you’re going to change one minute to the next. All it takes is a thought, an image, a realization to set you on a different path. Many people make the mistake of believing they’ve reached a stagnate position in life due to that being the norm. The truth that is often ignored is that we are multifaceted, ever-changing beings who are made to do wonders and contribute to the world in a way that speaks life into others.
The catch is, you have to be willing to reach for it. You have to be prepared to step away from the call of comfort and predictability.
I’m not saying you have to move to New York during a pandemic for a job you’ve never done before with only the wind to greet you at the end of the day, that would be a bit extreme.
What I mean is, ask yourself, “What do I want to build?” and once you have your answer, start building it.
People are meant to build things. Big or small, elaborate or simple. The essential element is to start, because the next time you think about doing that thing you’ve always wanted to do, you’ll be picking something back up instead of starting from scratch.
Once you start, no matter how many times you put your tools down, you’ll get farther every time you choose to put them to work.
Quick work update
I got to dig into some Instructional Design this week, and it was a blast! I love creating stories, especially when they’re meant to educate and help convey important information.
Did you know the highest percentage of underage drinking in the U.S. is done by white American teens? I wish I was surprised.
Anyway, think about what you’re building, thank you for reading, and have a great weekend!