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This is the best advice Casey Neistat gives to anyone who is worried about the future…
Casey: My advice is always the same , which is KEEP YOURSELF EXTREMELY BUSY. As long as you are doing something, you will find your path. It’s when you get lazy that everything becomes skewed or grey foggy.”
Louie: “It’s easier to steer something that is already moving. If you are just static and stationery, it is SO HARD to build momentum!”
It is also the adage I follow most days. Why? Because I hate not working. I really hate not doing anything. I truely hate standing still – unless it is the best thing to be doing (More on this another time). Admittedly, now that I am a parent, I am rarely without something to do.
Sidenote: Sidenote: My MIL is going to say that is rubbish, because of an incident that happened just a few days back. I failed to change our 13mo-son’s nappy when clearly it stunk like no man’s land. I explained to MIL and wife I had smelt worse, having grown up in my teenage years with a drop-toilet (the link is for the generation of kids who are lucky enough to live their whole lives with flushing toilets.) Fact is: I DO change the kid’s nappies. It is something, it is important, it has to be done. So right after MIL left, the lad climbed into my lap, and I suddenly realised how bad his nappy was. I cleaned him up, changed his nappy, had a bonding moment, and now he walks up to me any time of the day for a hug.
When we give, we recieve. If only from ourselves, i.e. self-gratification, experience, knowledge, or simple happiness. But when we do something for others, no matter what age they are, it will usually result in recprication of some kind.
I am currently giving a lot of my time to my wife. I really wish I had a day job that pays, but until then, the payoff of helping my wife whilst I am predominately homebound is triple-fold. Aha, triple-fold.
1. I am the Sales, Marketing, and Online Face of my wife’s business – LSBeez . Actually, the sales happen too easily, and my wife is working that out. It’s not difficult when we are selling the most delicious Kangaroo Island Ligurian Bee honey on the planet. Check us out on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and website/business-card.
2. I am a Dad, and I like to think pretty awesome. I am far from perfect, I have never done this before. Yeah, we baby/child-sat a lot kids over the years (as young as 2, as old as 13), but having your own is a whole new game. Never being without the kids is sometimes painful, no parent is going to deny that. Waking at the crack of dawn, not going to sleep when requested (4yo’s are the worst for that!), and older brothers getting angry when they are not the centre of attention, just a bunch of things that drive the average parent completly nuts.
But what makes me an awesome Dad? I never hit my child. We have time-out’s, chats about consequences and negotiable stuff. Yep, our #MrAlmostFour is pretty damn smart, he knows those words now! But I never hit him. I have nearly been tempted, but each time I simply say to myself “Violence only breeds violence. This ends now.”
Get it? Don’t hit your kids, work it out another way. I ain’t saying this is going to work for all kids, but we need to stop the reign of terrror everywhere. This ball of mud we call Earth is infinite, humans are not. If we keep fighting, eventually the earth will be returned to the animals and we will be a forgotten moment of time in the revolution of this planet. Stop hitting our kids, Start living smarter.
WHEW! Massive rant. My mind does this. It’s just great that I can type so fast that I can get it out of my head.
3. I said triple-fold didn’t I? Just trying to remember why … oh yeah…
When I help my wife, she helps me. When she makes dinner, I bathe both boys. Or the other way round. When I clean up the very small living space we have (our lounge room is also the family and media and toy room!), she is packing the dishwasher. (Actually, I am not allowed to stack the dishwasher anymore. Apparently I do it wrong. I say someone has OCD, but enough about that. I am happy to be wrong on this issue). When I spend half my night reading, researching, blogging, designing new tshirts or ideas, drawing, creating, uploading, listening to Ted.com, learning from edX.org, she lets me do it … because we need the money for our next big project. More about that VERY soon!
To ensure I am putting in the full effort necessary to achieve my goals, I spend a lot of time finding ways to earn money utilising the internet. Let me be clear here: I am not trying any g3t-r1ch-qu1ck schemes (mispelt to avoid google algorithims putting those awful adverts underneath). Instead I have countless photography galleries, two of which earn me pittance – but I enjoy it. I also have a few tshirt collections, one of them earns me a few dollars each month. It’s infuriating, yet I enjoy it.
Now that I have gym two nights a week (sometimes four times!), I am glad to be on the move more often than not. I also changed my work desk to a standup, but that may not have been totally smart. My feet hurt, but the upside is that I can simply walk away from my desk anytime.
After reading through all my words in this post, I now realise that vlogging could seriously work for me. Since I have a Youtube channel, I am working towards vlogging. The biggest challenge with vlogging is geography and internet plans. Australia has abismal internet upload/download speeds. We get roughly (unresearched, just an exaggeration that may or may not be correct) 1/25th the speed that any other country has – which is goddam crazy. If the NBN ever happens, will it fix that problem? I am yet to be impressed. On the upside, my cameras are now all setup.
This is too much words. Who is going to read all this? Did you? Leave a LIKE and a COMMENT below if you found any of this interesting, or if you like to see me try my hand at vlogging.
If I was young again, and lived in the US, I’d be at EastPax2016. And I would probably be at these events on the schedule. Because I am not young, I have watched games evolve into careers, and I like to learn and listen not just sit and stare.
Geek Cultural Identity and the Myth of the Fake Geek … Friday 4/22 5:00PM – 6:00PM – Arachnid Theatre
How We Find Positivity Through Gaming … Saturday 4/23 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Arachnid Theatre
How Much XP Is in 50 Squats?: Being Active IRL Is Pretty Rad … Saturday 4/23 2:00PM – 3:00PM – Arachnid Theatre
Scared Yet: A Discussion of Horror in Media … Saturday 4/23 10:30AM – 11:30AM – Bumblebee Theatre
Polaris Presents: Talking to Yourself for a Living … Sunday 4/24 1:30PM – 2:30PM – Albatross Theatre
What Does Game Design Tell Us About Mental Illness? … Friday 4/22 11:00AM – 12:00PM – Arachnid Theatre
But I am not young. If I was to go to PAX-Australia in Melbourne in November 2016, I would go as a photographer . These kids put in so much effor into their attire. When we were kids, a bucket on your head made you Boba Fett.
There’s enough reason to go .
PostScript #1: I woud love to have a spider-looking holder for both my smartphone and dSLR. This thing looks scary! I wonder how well it goes through airport security?
PostScript #2: All the embedded photographs are from a 1969 National Geographic magazine I found in a discount store. The mags are in pristine collection and will still stay with me until someone appreciates them enough to pay my pension… #TellHimHeIsDreaming
Boy 1 runs around so much he forgets he has toes.
Boy 2 sits down and contemplates his toes, slowly and individually.
Which would you rather be?
I find it odd when people say “I’ll do that project when the kids are grown up / when I have time / when we have space / when I feel like it.”
Kids never really grow up.
You already have time.
Space is easily found or made.
If you don’t like it, why bother starting at all?
Me, I have 3 projects running at once at any given time. Every time I close/finish one, I get another started. Even if only to get it planned.
I have been to too many funerals for young people who were working on big projects. I don’t want to sit still anymore – other than to sip a coffee or red wine. Always celebrate project completion!
I am following Mark’s suggestion: Culling old posts. This might take a while. Thankfully not enough comments on any of them to worry about loss of readers.
Since you are here to read something, I like lounges.
Good quality fancy yet comfortable lounges. Somewhere where I can take my smartphone, tablet and laptop, chill back with headphones on and listen to U2 whilst editing photographs or creating some new tshirt designs.
So I went hunting for a new lounge. Here are all that appealed most. Maybe you will like them also…
Match picture below with number links to see more detail.
That will keep you busy for a while. Whilst I am busy – making money to buy them all!