I have writer’s block, lately. I write a little bit but it doesn’t come together like it used to, back when I wrote more frequently. There’s a definitive drop-off between time spent using a skill and how sharp that skill is, and I think this is the case.
I mentioned it to my wife, I said, hey, I have writer’s block.
She threw some ideas out there. Write about family friendly outings in Denver, she said. About real estate. About how much you love me.
Having twins, being married, being happy in a marriage. Working from home, setting your own schedule. These are all relevant things, relevant topics. Lately, conversations with friends trend more towards politics and world events, or the stock market – Disney+ was released this week, Apple TV+ was released last week, Netflix (NFLX) dropped a few percentage points while the other two publicly-traded companies rose in value.
I want to watch the Mandalorian, a Disney+ show based on the bounty hunter Boba Fett from the original Star Wars series, probably one of my favorite characters.
There’s a trade war going on, with conflicting statements made by both the Chinese and U.S. governments regarding terms and conditions – and this has great impact on the stock market and the world economy in general.
These are the conversations I have – opening Roth IRA’s, saving for down payments for homes, finding good value vs. cost in the Denver Metro area that will appreciate in value significantly compared to other neighborhoods, making an investment vs. purchasing a home.
These are all good conversations. These are all good, worthwhile topics.
Life isn’t this – life isn’t the stock market, or mortgage rates, or selling homes.
To quote John Lennon and the Beatles, Love is all you need.
Money doesn’t buy happiness, necessarily, but it does buy convenience. You wouldn’t be happy going hungry, or living on the street with no shelter from adverse conditions – you wouldn’t be happy living in low-income housing in a poverty-stricken neighborhood with a high crime rate. Your life could become part of that crime rate, in a bad way.
Another quote, then – you aren’t wealthy until you have something no-one can buy, Garth Brooks.
If you take a moment to do a mental exercise, and disregard financial obligations and considerations, life is a series of waxing, waning, or growing relationships. In a way, the impact you leave on this world is the sum total of the relationships you’ve had, in both quantity and quality.
No man is an island, a teacher told my class in the third grade.
There are people who are in your life for a brief moment, and others who stay for the duration. It’s the way of the world.
I met my wife a few years ago now, and oh, boy, do I love her.
I love her so much. LOL.
More every day, honestly. She’s helped me grow into the man I am today. I like to think I’ve helped her a bit, here and there. We are like two peas in a pod, now – but it wasn’t always like that.
It took a lot of effort, hours and days of hard work, communication and commitment.
A number of fights, and quite a bit of disagreement.
We had to be committed, we had to listen to make this work, even before kids.
And we did, not without cost. Time, exertion, emotional strain – not a bad trade for the good relationship we enjoy today.
Nothing good ever came easy, another person once told me (my dad or something like that, whatevs).
There’s a million things I could say, but I’ll leave you with one last thought.
JeFfeRy EpSteIn DiDn’T KiLl HiMsElF
P.S.: Hey, I said I had writer’s block… 😉