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Can I do it

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It’s a question I’ve asked myself for a long time. I think I’ve been afraid to really do what I’ve wanted to do for decades. Professionally speaking that is. I don’t regret my choices professionally, but some days I wonder what it would have been like to pursue my creative dreams. There is a lot of safety in working for a steady paycheck. There was no shortage of excuses on my part though in the past also. I’m working to remove those feelings. Actually asking myself “Can I do it?” is kind of a fun reminder that I say sure, why not.

Don’t get me wrong, I had a moment the other day when came across my pastel set and it gave me that chill of intimidation. I haven’t dabbled in that in decades. But I hope to soon. But it does make me think back to some younger days when everything had to be perfect and if it couldn’t I’d be intimidated by it. Yeah, pretty much everything because very few of us are perfect and I can tell you even by accident I’ll probably never be perfect.

So I’ve taken the safe route most of my life working for mid and large size companies with one exception for a short period which was a wonderful experience. But now towards the last several/few years, I’m excited to give whatever I Can Do a shot. If nothing else I’ll enjoy the learning journey. Yes, I agree I’m getting a late start. I can’t recapture what I never did or attempted. But I’m finding happiness in the effort I can make so far.

Photo by Mike Hartley

So now when I see obstacles. I think of ways around them instead of stopping.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Waking up was a bit painful.
  • Watching the Maryland basketball loss was painful.
  • Not having the lights on the upstairs tree is painful.
  • Having to go out and shop tomorrow is going to be painful.
  • But it’s been a great day today and a better one tomorrow.
  • A grandchild’s smile can make the pain disappear.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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