Just a quick public service announcement to start your weekend off right: The pie is unlimited.
Yep, it’s another pie day. Not too long ago I wrote about Having Enough, that we get to choose how much Enough is, and that life should not be one big rat race to try to acquire as much money, stuff, and power as possible. In that post I mentioned briefly that part of what drives people to work the best years of their life away at a job they hate for More is the mistaken belief that all the good things in life can be represented by a pie. That there are only so many slices to go around – so you’d better work as hard as you can today for the largest slice to enjoy tomorrow.
Today I’d like to talk more about that metaphorical pie, and how it relates to less conventional endeavors. Whatever big dream you’ve been worried you can’t accomplish because your idea isn’t original, because too many people are doing it, or because you didn’t start soon enough, you’re wrong.
For starters, there is no such thing as an original idea. The thought that I wasn’t being original enough with my idea for Interstellar Orchard plagued me and almost kept me from getting this site off the ground. I decided I was going to write about my journey to full-time RVing back in December of 2010, and my first seven posts didn’t go up until November the next year, that was quite the gap. I worried that no one would read it, or worse, that I’d get a couple people to read it and they wouldn’t care or think it was stupid. Who’s going to want to hear about how I get ready to go RVing when there are already so many talented people out there writing about it?
I’ve since come to realize that while truly original ideas are very hard to come by, because of our individuality everyone’s journey to the same conclusion can be very different and a valuable learning tool. This is good news to all of you out there who want to start your own RVing (or anything else) blog, or write a book, or start an online class, or sell your arts and crafts, or start your own business of just about any sort. It isn’t ‘too late’, you haven’t ‘missed the golden opportunity’ and there aren’t ‘too many people doing it already’.
Because nobody else is you.
Nobody will write/craft/film/draw/act/code/speak/photograph quite like you can. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel, you just need to come with a way to make your offer a little bit different than anything else out there. And the best way to do that is to be yourself in whatever it is you do. Corporations thrive on conformity, but if you’re striking out to do Your Own Thing, individuals thrive on individuality.
Everyone has advantages that others lack, everyone has something unique to offer the world. Sometimes, I think we undervalue our knowledge and strengths as just because they come naturally to us: “This is easy for me to understand, and so it must be easy for others too.” (Wrong).
The reason why the pie is limited in a conventional setting is because the rules are very rigid and out of our control. There are only so many scholarships to that prestigious college. There are only so many openings at that company to compete for. There is only so much money to be made at your job – and the people higher up who are in charge of deciding the payroll are of course writing the rules in their favor.
When we break away from the conventional, the rules are ours to make. The pie is limited only by our imagination and by how hard we’re willing to work. Don’t worry that it’s all been done before, because just by being You, you’re bringing something new to the table. Don’t worry that you’ve arrived too late to the party, because the party has no end date. Don’t worry that all the pieces of the pie have already been spoken for. Because your audience is out there, waiting for you to pick up your pen, paintbrush, mouse, calculator, crochet needle, pliers, camera, hammer, tablet, microphone, dancing shoes, magic hat, or whatever your tool of choice might be, and get to work on what comes naturally to you that they have been struggling with for so long.
Get out there and start something amazing, the world is waiting on you.
* * *
As of yesterday, September 26th, Amazon earnings for this month are sitting at $45.99. Wow, that’s incredible! Last month I ended at $23.54, which was twice as high as my third highest month. I’d like to thank you all for shopping using my Amazon affiliate link. Interstellar Orchard costs me about $9.29 a month for hosting, security, and continued use of the domain name. I pay a lump sum of $223-ish every two years, and payment just came due for the next two years so that’s a total of $446 spent so far, your contributions are most appreciated!
On a different note, if you wander over to the Videos tab, you’ll find two shiny new videos up for your viewing pleasure. These two are both from this year, but I still have more from last year to catch up on as well, progress is being made! Also as you can see, sunsets here in the Badlands continue to be fantastic, although today was cloudy, cold, and rainy. Change is in the air, in more ways than one.
Other Articles You Might Enjoy
Yesterday I enjoyed a lovely day at the beach. I woke up bright and early, packed some snacks and my computer, and drove over an hour out to Hunting Island State Park. When I arrived, it was sunny and 69 degrees. New leaves are starting to appear on the trees, the birds were singing, and…Read More
Okay, so I’ve talked before on IO about the mental load that you carry from having a lot of material possessions, and that after downsizing, as painful as the process might be, everyone agrees that they feel freer and lighter. It turns out, this principle applies to more ephemeral burdens too. We carry a lot…Read More
Recently I received an e-mail from a want-to-be full-timer who wasn’t too far off from retirement age, but wished they could hit the road early. They said money one was one of the factors that kept them from going now, because “you can never have enough”. Allow me to point out that you can, in…Read More