“What I discovered is that when you make the time and the space for what you long to do, everything else shifts to accommodate it. It never works the other way around. If you wait until there’s time to do what you want to do, you’ll be waiting until your eighty-fifth birthday.”
The above quote is from an architect I don’t know and, frankly, have never heard of. I really don’t know much about architecture, anyway. No matter.
I encountered this quote on the excellent website Joyfully Jobless, which sells a few products but, more important, offers plenty of freebie columns and motivational tools to the self-employed, the wannabe self-employed or, in my case, the self-underemployed.
At some point, it’s simply important to take the leap, as rock-and-roll supergroup Van Halen found out. In a year that coincided with my high school graduation, the band embarked on a new musical direction as it decided to feature synthesizers more prominently.
Not every band member was on board, and plenty of fans were turned off by Van Halen’s less-heavy, more pop-oriented tunes, but “Jump” (from the album “1984”) proved to be one of the band’s best-selling singles of all time. It also helped usher in the “Van Hagar” years, which enabled the band to reach additional fans while still holding true to their commitment to musicianship. Some thought the band sold out, but group founder Eddie Van Halen couldn’t be bothered with the critics — he was too busy doing what he loved.