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Reigniting the childhood fire

“People should do what they loved to do when they were 10 — the age before you start caring what others think.” — Joy Behar

“What did you want to be when you grew up?”

Most of our 9-year-old selves would be less than impressed by what we do for a living. And probably even disappointed in what we spend our time doing while we aren’t working — looking at you Fortnite players and Netflix marathoners.

Personally, I found a fair amount of my goals recently have been surrounded by the idea of making a large some of money at one time so that I can go back to spending my time doing things I have a passion for. And I’m wrong for this line of thinking. Here’s why.

“So what do you do?”

But guess what I have a tendency to do with my spare time? You guessed it — fortnite/netflix.

While it is fun to play a video game, or relaxing to watch a few episodes of my new favorite series. The feeling pales in comparison to how I felt when I published a children’s book. And for good reason; because it aligned with who I am before all the adult noise got in the way.

“What is ‘adult’ noise?”

I remember playing legos as a child, and I built a house out of different colored bricks because I liked it that way. I remember writing a 15 page story about a robot with no character development or story arc. I remember drawing characters I imagined as stick figures.

You don’t have to be good at something in order to enjoy it.

Hell, I probably enjoyed playing guitar more before I worried at all if I was good enough.

That’s adult noise. And I’ve been trying to turn it off.

“Sometimes doing nothing leads to the best something” —Christopher Robin

If you read this, I want you do something for me. Take the next 30 minutes and do whatever it is you want to do. Not what you “should” do. Not what “makes sense”. But whatever it is you actually feel like doing. And if that something is nothing, enjoy that nothing.

In the coming days I am going to spend more time doing the things I enjoyed as a child. And I’m curious what will become of it, because I have a hunch, I might find something I’ve been missing for awhile.

Programmer — Writer. @andyhartnett12

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