[Photo by me]
I have this folder in my My Feedly (RSS reader) called “Creative Inspiration”. I originally built the folders to curate content for work/clients, etc. But lately, I find I need stuff in there that’s just for me. It took me a long time to get there, but I realized I couldn’t operate on “creative fumes” for long. I had to create a plan to sustain the energy, vision, and drive it takes to create, plan, market, manage, etc.
I post content to my social profiles all the time that fit into 2 different roles:
-What the user will like
-Things that inspire me
I’m finding that the latter is the key to my personal content that I share. Often what I find funny, inspirational, etc. meets the same needs of others.
The most difficult piece for me at the moment is finding what the Fortune 500 companies I used to work for called a “career path.” I’ve often pondered:
-what am I going to do for the rest of my life?
-I can’t work in this room underneath the stairs for the rest of my life, can I?
A recent conversation with my wife, Sharon, was a breakthrough for me. We came to the conclusion that our stories do not end while we are alive. We might feel like the world is ending at times, but the story continues to go on. That’s the beauty of the early 40′s, you have enough wisdom from life experiences to see that if you just hold on a little while longer, there’s more than light at the end of the tunnels, there are pockets to be noticed. There are man-hole covers, door-ways, stairs and more.
I’ll share more in the future as to where all this is heading…for now. Be inspired.