As you may know, I have a personal statement that serves as the feeder goal for all of my actions. This statement is the sum of my soon-to-be life plan:
To creatively impact urban change by designing sustainable communities
In no way should this statement limit me, but instead it should help guide me. My personal statement helps decide how I use my time, energy, and resources most efficiently and effectively to meet my goals.
I am a firm believer in actively participating in your passions and talents. Throughout my life, poetry has served me. Poetry fed me hope, peace, and alternative perspectives. As an art form, poetry saved me by allowing me to cope when times were more tumultuous than I thought I could handle.
As I have discovered other ways to cope with personal issues, my focus has shifted from one of art and creativity to practical development and tangible assistance. I’m trying to determine how to fully integrate poetry and performing into my life as a resource and necessary component.
I am scared that my increasing practicality is decreasing my desire and will to work on my artistic craft. This should not be. This is not the example that I would want to set for others…..Yet, I think this is realistic and more common than not.
I also believe that, over the past few months, I have lost confidence in the impact of my words to improve. What does this stem from?
Poetry, expression, and creativity mean the world to me as I aim to remain relevant. I’m just uncertain about my place in this world of fast tongues, quick wit, and fancy word play. I know that my poetry and my style of expression have a place, but I struggle to visualize the details of the space and time that I fit in.
As I write this, I realize another reason this topic weighs heavy on me. Whenever I am engaging in a passion or career, my friends and family invest their time, money, and energy into what I am doing. I believe that I want to make sure I am not wasting my loved ones time, i.e. channeling their support into my lost cause…..
I think this is one of the hardest realities I have ever had to ponder. All in all, I am trying to discover if my passion or hobby is an integral part of my life plan and if I should push through or let go.
Below is a link to a blog entry by Caitlin Kelly that encourages readers to think about, “Would you rather be creative or productive?”
- Beginning Your Life Plan (ashleyscwalls.wordpress.com)
- Connecting S.M.A.R.T Goals to Your Life Plan (ashleyscwalls.wordpress.com)