Monday, April 23, 2012

The Sweet and the Sour

(Actually the order of this story is going to be sour first then onto the sweetness. It works better for my time line.) It is through this blog that I share my struggles, curiosities and maybe a tinge of enlightenment into my artistic journey. With all journeys there are struggles, successes and different ways to get “there.” Between us, I’m not sure where  “there” is but that’s half the fun and getting “there” takes lots of time. Time is something I just can’t get a handle on. My sense of time is: if I have to be at some place on the hour, I will leave 5 minutes before the hour. I seem to believe it takes me 5 minutes to get anywhere. In my head, the longest it takes to get anywhere is 20 minutes. Reality has some equation that puts in traffic lights, time of day, other people and finding a parking spot. I just can’t compute these things. This formula creates a bitter side effect within my life; I have no time.
The sour situation; my workload was about to increase due to unforeseen circumstances. Truly I didn’t see it coming. We all know that in the work place some other coworker usually causes this when their lack of time appreciation is on display. Their burden shifts and it is suddenly placed upon you. This kind of happened in a round about way and I was called into action. Find the matches, find the oil cause it’s going to be a long night. I don’t have extra time but because of my occupation I can find the time. I have yet to figure out how to make time. With a little grumbling I figured I could do it; it wouldn’t take long. Fast-forward to 3 am and it’s still not done. Continue for another 48 hours and it’s almost finished. A bitter pill to swallow but that’s part of the gig and we all do it.
The sweet situation; I have the time to do random acts of multi-tasking. One of the side effects of time appreciation is the need to multi-task. I figure if I can’t manage time, I should do two things at once with it. This is the sweetness of my life. Considering I had finished my unforeseen project, I had some time to spare. Within this spare time, I had to exercise and run a few errands like picking up milk and some small items. My unbelievable approach to multi-tasking helped me utilize my time management skills. I had concluded it was a brilliant idea to ride my bike (exercise) to the store (get milk). A brilliant plan to burn calories and accomplish something within 5 minutes, ok maybe 20 minutes. Fast forward 3 hours; I had put air in the bike tires, climbed hills with a lack of physical strength, wandered through shopping aisles in search of a reward, namely chocolate, because of my successful multi-tasking. Then another journey home, back up the same hill I climbed to get there, so it seemed. I had passed so many things that I had never noticed while driving in a car. I had the wind at my back, the sun in my face and all the time in the world minus 3 hours for a gallon of milk. Now I digress; that was the best bowl of cereal I had eaten in a long time. A droplet in my espresso and I am off to find more time today and see how I can spend it…the benefits of owning your own one-man company. 

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