I never had a plan. – By @G_Medford

By Christopher Medford


I never had a plan. 


The week that’s just gone, I found myself biting off more than I could chew. I have an issue with time management and priorities, and having dyspraxia doesn’t make it easier either, but it’s something I don’t even acknowledge as a thing that slows me down in life but it’s there like like an invisible speed hump. My second issue that I have come across is my inability to say No to taking on projects when I already busy especially now at the SCA taking up most of my time.


One book that has always helped me in times of stress has been the Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, it has always been able to give me helpful quotes when things start to get weird, such as;


“There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man’s whole life is a succession of moment after moment. There will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment.”


This quote is something I should remember more frequently, and one I should apply more to life when I come up against my next project, because I know even as I finish up the last of my urgent projects, I will probably take on even more and push myself a little closer to breaking point, it’s only the start and I should slow down. 


Before I started SCA, I had been commissioned to paint a canvas for a friend of mine that had gotten engaged recently, with this and the current 3 other briefs that I have gotten this week it has been near impossible to get anytime to even lay a couple layers of paint. But I never go the easy way on anything and this should not be any more different, in the past of would of just put things aside for so long I would forget them and they would never get completed, and even though I am currently moaning about being busy, it is pretty much self-inflicted and I am absolutely fine with this, all I have keep on top of is reminding myself to take break every now again and not to be so hard myself and keep focused on the present. 


Always aiming to be ahead of the curve by any means necessary by going the extra distance giving every waking moment to until that task is complete is the fastest way to burn out the very few brain cells I have left and will need later in life, but it is something I have only just found enjoyment in, I have been able to flex old creative muscles again has been quite rejuvenating and quite devastating to my priorities but  that in itself has taught me a priceless lesson of the importance of planning ahead before things trip me up again, but what is creativity without spontaneity?  


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