6 comments on “The Proper Yardstick

  1. So well said, Alan — and a truth that so many overlook in pursuit of the “happiness” money brings. In the end, you can leave this world with a sense of accomplishment and others with a sense of who you were, or you can leave with a full bank account eventually depleted and forgotten. As we once discussed, a life spent pursuing what can be is better than a life spent in pursuit of what could have been. Cheers to your choices, my friend ;)

  2. Preach it! This is so true. When I joined the military my test scores screamed “electronics!” even though I screamed back “NO! Anything but math!” I BEGGED for journalism, so of course I spent three years as a generator mechanic. Electrocuted myself 4 times in three years before I convinced them I wasn’t suited to the wiring gig and they made me a journalist. Today I’m finally a freelance writer (I still glow when lightning strikes nearby) and I love my life!

    • Whoa! Thanks for this inspiring tale. It’s wild how when we go against what we’re supposed to do, thing’s don’t pan out. I’m glad you’re doing what you’re called to do. Thanks for the affirmation!

  3. Amen, Alan! I saw the same article on FB and bristled when I saw what the top ten “worst” were. Guess what I majored in? Film and Media Studies. And I loved it then and thought I was going to be an editor of films. Though I moved away from production and that line of work, I did take up photography and I love that I have a degree that forced me to be analytical and taught me how to craft a thesis.

    I have many creative interests and I do not pursue any particular one for a living but I practice all of them on the side of my day job. (Working on the career path is slow going but I’m not giving up!) Fulfillment of the soul is absolutely the way to go.

    • Thanks, Zoe! Articles like the “Top Ten Worst College Majors…” don’t take into account the creative economy, which has varying definitions depending on who you talk to. The one I like best is this one: “The recognition of arts and cultural assets as more than contributors to quality of life in a particular place, but as important economic drivers for the region.” (Juice Conference website – http://goo.gl/LnDH4L).

      I’ve seen that creativity in film and publishing on the indie scene. A friend of mine, who’s a poet, started his own press and employed a small staff to help him run it. What about indie filmmakers who hire crews. I’m still learning all about what the creative economy entails.

      Thanks again for stopping through the blog and, as always, for your insights.

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