As 2019 comes to a close I find myself yet again reviewing the year that has past and most importantly all the work I had wanted to accomplish that never got done. Time management has never been my strong suit and admittedly I have allowed myself to become lazy when it comes to my writing. Though I have had a perfectly legitimate excuse to be silent all this time, I have come to realize that it was more “excuse” than rational thought which thereby enabled my laziness.
As with anything, the first step in resolving a problem is acknowledging that there is one. George Washington said “Errors once discovered are more than half amended.”.
Recognition of my laziness was no great task, mind you. I was perfeclty aware and content in my laziness up until recently when I began to notice something far more impactful that was an unintended consequence of my inactions. And that, simply put, was a disconnect to the things I enjoy doing and struggling to find satisfaction via other remedies (though one of those turned out to be painting and is something I will continue on with). What I must do is return to my writing both here personally and politically via The Statecraft Observer.
And as simple as that, my errors have been remedied and a plan of action devised.
In preparing a plan for next year I am doing some of the work now while I am on Christmas vacation from “the day job” so that when I return to it next week time will have already been allocated towards my writing. I’m also taking the time to update BKdotNET to be more of a professional website where people who may look to retain my services can review some of my past work. Additionally changes will be made to The Statecraft Observer to a more streamlined site to accomodate the upcoming political commentary in 2020.
There are many things I am excited for in 2020. Returning to my writing, the Summer Olympic Games and of course – the Presidential Election Cycle that officially kicks off on Feburary 3rd at the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses. Though I am painfully aware given my personal history that finding excitement in the prospect of the work I hope to achieve is often fare more enjoyable than the actual late nights, early mornings and hours on the weekend that will need to be sacrificed in order to achieve this work.
That is why I did not choose to title this piece lightly. I recognize that in order for my future to be what I envision it to be that I must make the necessary changes in my habits, thoughts and behavior toward my writing. It will not be an easy task – nor should it be. The things we truly want that are worth the effort never are.
I will do my best to keep finding inspiration that will motivate me through the weeks and months ahead. For now I am focusing on a quote by one of my favorite authors and political commentators Charles Krauthammer.
In an award acceptance speech to the American Academy of Achievement he described starting out in life as a doctor and a psychiatrist and never having wrote a word or been published before he was 30. Yet he realized after seven years of being a doctor that it was not what he felt he was intended to do – so he quit, moved to Washington D.C. with his wife and became a writer. He closed that speech with the following words.
“Life is open, everything is choice, nothing is inevitable. So the message I have to you young people is: Don’t be afraid to choose. Choose what you love. And if you don’t love what you have chosen, choose again.” – Charles Krauthammer (Choosing A Life – The Point Of It All)