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There’s a very well-written series on Hulu called “The Booth at the End”. Season 1 has some of the most suspenseful scenes I’ve ever seen, and yet they only use a single set, which is an incredible feat. The writing is just fantastic, from a characterization perspective, a thematic perspective, and a structure perspective. I can’t speak for season two, but season one is great for writers to study.

The reason I bring it up, specifically, is one of the themes that run through the show. Our lives are not limited by capability as much as imagination. You can only achieve as far as you can envision. Frequently in the show, people marvel at what they can achieve once they begin to consider HOW they would achieve it. And just as often, they are unable to create a better outcome for themselves, not because they are incapable, but because they cannot allow themselves to imagine something better.

It’s amazing how different the questions “Can I do this?” and “How can I do this?” really are. One is impossible to really answer, because it is so vague and intangible. The time frame is unknown, the odds high, and usually when we ask ourselves that question, we do not yet have the skills needed to achieve whatever “this” is. However, once the question becomes “HOW can I do this?” the task gains clarity. Needed skills and resources can be identified. Steps can be outlined. Current capabilities assessed. The task becomes attainable, if distant. There are limits to this, of course. And sometimes there are boundaries that we truly can’t cross. Laws of physics that cannot be broken.

Not that we know of, at least. Not yet.

What kind of life can you imagine for yourself, and how could you get there?

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That’s one of the benefits of education and travel. Knowing what is out there, what actually exists, is the foundation for being able to imagine oneself doing it or making it better. If you don’t have those opportunities, you don’t have that chance to see that life can be different than what you know.

What life I imagine for myself alters as my scope broadens XD A year ago I was imagining getting my petsite off the ground one of these years, using it as a secondary income so I can stay home and raise whatever children I wind up with, and then retiring eventually to a small college town and opening a little combination used bookstore and coffee shop called Beans & Books. Now that the petsite is actually in progress, I have discovered that my business partner, the programmer, has entirely different definitions of ‘success’ – and since we’re splitting things fifty-fifty, if we’re at all successful, I’ll wind up with a higher income than planned. Which got me thinking what I’d do with it.
And now I find myself imagining myself ten years from now running a ring of petsites that fund a start-up publishing company where I can hire authors and artists etc to make the ideas I don’t have time for a reality, and in the process give them a start into the world of their chosen careers. I’d use my skill with languages to make it a world-wide company from the start, not limiting myself to english-speaking authors. I’d use it to redefine publishing – starting with comics and books, and extending into movies and tv series and games. And having lived in small towns, I am aware that while cities have plenty of bookstores, it can be impossible to find one somewhere smaller. So I’d only put outlet stores in small towns. As I started approaching retirement age, I’d start looking for someone to train up to replace me – someone of a similar mindset, full of ideas, and more interested in seeing them out there than in getting credit for them all, someone who likes to teach and help others.

Of course, this is all ‘if the petsite is a true success’ XD But it’s fun to think about.

I am thrilled to see someone else thinking this way.

“Muad’Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn. And the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn. It’s shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult. Muad’Dib knew that every experience carries its lesson.”

One of the great lessons of my training so far has been that problems can be solved and that I can use the tools I have to solve them. That confidence, the belief that problems can be solved, is the first step towards solving them, every time. It’s what lets you move on to the second question, “So how will I begin to solve this? How will I begin to understand what I need to do?”

I know a lot of really smart people. This lesson was never explicitly taught to any of us, as far as I know; instead, we were given problems we didn’t fully understand, and tools, and told to solve. And after hundreds or thousands of repetitions, it sinks in: I can do this to anything. I might not solve it completely, but I can start, and make progress, and understand the problem better, and build the tools that will be needed. And with enough time, enough resources, almost any problem can be resolved.

The thing that makes these smart people smart is not just genetics or upbringing, although most of them got lucky on one or both of those fronts. It’s this confidence that problems can be solved. That’s what keeps them looking at a problem longer than your average Joe, long enough to begin to see the patterns and the structure and the weak points a problem has.

It thrills me to see someone else, from outside my training, employing this kind of thought process. So much can be gained from it.

So now I’ll answer your real question. I nailed down my “real goals in life” a few years back.

1) Spend my days with people I love
2) doing work that I find fulfilling
3) and wake every morning with a smile.

#3 is on there as a catch-all in case I find a way to sabotage myself with the first two. If #3 is not there, I probably lied to myself about #1 or #2.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to need a career change to make it all work, which saddens me a bit. My pride is wounded, my ambitions disappointed, but… I’ll have a better chance at waking up happy if I can find something fulfilling and more laid-back.

#1 is easy to pursue, but difficult to catch. But it’s part of the human condition, to be always looking for connections to the people around you, to be eternally trying to shape the environment you inhabit. We all learn this as we live, the ways to make friends, and which people are worth befriending.

This is why I love math. Or at least, how math was taught to me. Every problem can be broken down into: “What do I want? What do I know? What tools do I have to work with what I know to get what I want?”

This process can be applied to nearly every problem. Whether it’s “How fast was Train A going?” to “How can I make my creative dreams come true?”

Love that last panel. YOu can see the anger and rage in Kali’s eyes. Plus the colors are incredible.

I think the life I envision is much like yours; being able to make a living off my art and storytelling. Still working on figuring out the how part of making money, but I am a full-time artist so I’ve achieved at least part of that goal.

Nice question Robin.

I’d like to start liking what I’m doing. Most of the time it doesn’t work. The only relief is that it’s said, that “the best time in the life of a mathematician is when she/he has proved a result and still haven’t figured out the mistake”.

I like my job. But you have to pay for it by feeling a fool most of the time. I’d like to make myself sure, that this feeling is not permanent. That may be enough.

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