“Start a blog” has occupied a medium-to-high priority spot on my to-do list for several months now. It has been waiting, ever so patiently, for that spark of inspiration that would catapult it off of the to-do list and into the realm of digital existence. Thankfully, patience has never been a strength of mine, and I’ve come to terms with this inconvenient but wonderful truth: inspiration is not gathered in a mystical well, waiting for the right moment to dampen us with a few precious, life-changing droplets. Inspiration is also not a lost item waiting to be found. We create it, for ourselves and for each other.
This post of an interview with Cal Newport by blogging duo The Minimalists instilled in me a determination to search for real opportunities instead of waiting for the elusive passion and inspiration fairies. Rather than following a passion, which implies the preexistence of a particular passion and requires its discovery before further action, Cal advocates cultivating passions, which takes more work, but is a feasible task for those of us who bite our lips and look around the room when asked “what are you most passionate about? The “find your passion first” line of thinking actually seems kind of backwards to me now, like deciding what your favourite kind of cookie is when you’ve never had so much as an Oreo.
All of this to say, I am not 100% sure what I am doing up here yet, but I am ready to stop waiting for the blog fairy to do it for me. In the future I hope to make this a space for discussion and idea-sharing on everything from the efficacy of modern war tactics, the economic costs of tipping, and how to cultivate more democratic democracies, to curing my sniffly kitten’s cold. I welcome any and all suggestions, topics, book recommendations, recipes, and cookies. Speaking of which, I think I hear my name being called from the snack cabinet.