I’m lovin’ the lyrics from the songbook of Jason Isbell’s album The Nashville Sound. Some of the words from the track Something to Love include:
“I hope you find something to love,
Something to do when you feel like giving up.
A song to sing or tale to tell,
Something to love,
it’ll serve you well.
Just find what makes you happy,
And do it till you’re gone.”
I learned this lesson many years ago and it has served me well through those ensuing years. Its nice to find a job you love so you never have to work another day the rest of your life, but that may simply not be available or not pay enough to support your family. That’s where it’s important to find something off the clock that doesn’t have to pay anything. In fact, it will probably cost some bucks which can be funded by your regular job. And if that activity gives you pleasure and frequently takes your mind off the issues of your primary job for a short time, that’s an investment worth every cent. As my wife used to say, “that’s much cheaper than therapy”!
The game of golf has provided that diversion for most of my adult life. It gives me the opportunity to get out into nature and enjoy the company of people that I can be around five hours or so on a regular basis, provided the temperature is above fifty degrees. Playing the game has opened endless opportunities to expand my personal and business social network way beyond anything I could have imagined. I enjoy researching and trying all the changes to golf improvement equipment which has kept me in the game all this time. And trying to keep in the game by staying fit gives me the incentive to join a gym and actually attend it!
This blog has provided a lot of enjoyment and the release of creative juices that would probably have never been realized without this avenue. It has provided an outlet combining two interests of both writing and photography. It inspires me to read more current news articles and human-interest stories, including new releases of non-fiction books. If I’m going to exchange my limited life hours for the pleasure of reading a book, I not only want to be entertained, but I want to learn something in the process too! Photography and Creative writing also keep me alert to the world around me for inspiration, including traveling, volunteer work, teaching classes and listening to music.
And once I discover something to love, you can bet your bottom dollar it’ll serve me well till I’m gone!