Time for another “Blueprints” post. If you haven’t been following along, here is a basic overview and links to the first 5 points.
My “Blueprint” series is essentially a mechanism for me to start thinking through my life goals. And as hard humiliating as it is to admit some of the things I want to achieve in life, I am trying to be painfully honest because (for some crazy reason) I feel like I need to put them “out there.”
Part 1 – I want to get married.
Part 2 – I want to get fit.
Part 3 – I want to get my hands dirty.
Part 5 – I want to have kids.
I want to master the art of living.
Master the art of living?
Yep, it’s a pretty lofty goal and candidly one I could not begin to define until I read the following quote by James Michener.
“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.”
Michener’s quote radically changed my career aspirations, my life aspirations. I no longer want to work so I can afford to play. (Let’s be honest we all work entirely too much to simply “work for the weekend.”) Instead I want to blur the lines between work and play until there is no distinction. I want to go about my business pursuing one epic story after another. I want to master the art of living.
How do you define mastering life? Does the thought of blurring the lines between work and play excite you like it excites me?