People laugh at Yogi Berra quotes because they are illogical, don’t make sense. This one makes perfect sense to me. It’s saying to me that I need a goal. I’ve never been good at setting long-term goals. I usually wait for a bolt out of the blue and that becomes my short-term goal. I accomplish that one and drift for a while and await the next bolt (idea).
I know that I want (and even need) to be doing something visually artistic. I think that will always be true. The problem that I often encounter when I’m manipulating fabrics and color and trying to come up with something beautiful, is that I tend to isolate myself. I think it was one of my daughters who told me recently that according to the “experts” we need seven or eight hours of interactions with other people every day in order to be mentally/emotionally healthy. Wow! If this is true, I am already hopelessly wacky. I would have to get a job for that much people time. Horrors!
Let me rephrase what I said in the first paragraph. It’s not that I’ve never been good at setting long-term goals. I used to have long-term goals. Maybe the reason I don’t have them now has something to do with the fact that I’m retired. And I’m older. I love doing what I want when I want. I do believe, though, that I would make better use of my time if I made a daily schedule (that’s a very short-term goal, no?). I’ve had that notion in my head for quite some time and so far I haven’t done anything about it. Well, let me put it this way: I’ve made mental schedules in the past but I usually go off schedule fairly early in the day. Do I dare try again? It’s no fun setting myself up for failure.
Maybe I’m just a hopeless, old adolescent. Any suggestions?
Note: I would like to give credit to the artist who painted the blue picture above but I can’t remember the name.