Preservation

I feel my blog posts can sometimes give mixed messages. This post probably won’t help, however I hope it can be relatable.

I watched a very eerie video today, I took two messages from it. Firstly, we are all hostage to time. Secondly, although I want to embrace the future I should not shun the past.

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The above image was taken in Texas, I cannot remember the exact area, it wasn’t far from Amarillo. A town with a pride in its history, the colours and design begging for my attention. Heck if history is something I want to evade, why would I spend so much time observing it? The truth being, I don’t want to shun history, I just want to see it as that. History.

As much fascination as I get learning of the Aztecs and Vikings, I would be pretty pissed off if I had to live like one today. I am more than willing to take aspects of history that are still of benefit today without feeling obliged to respect it all.

During the elevator ride up One World Trade Center, a fantastic animation displays New York City’s history in under one minute. St. Paul’s Chapel emerges very early in the animation and remains there for the duration. The Twin Towers emerge and fade away in a few short seconds.

It is astounding that a building designed in the 1700’s is still visited by tourists and a 20th century building was destroyed by terrorists with beliefs very fitting of the centuries past. I cannot deny the desire to keep such an old building standing. I can reject the beliefs that led to it being built.

I value history, always have and always will. Does this mean I should resort to history for answers to 21st century questions? Never have and probably never will. The future will be far too exciting. If we obsess over history we will never truly appreciate having what our ancestors didn’t.

 

Scratch your name into the fabric of this world, before you go

I hear a lot of people saying that they would continue to work after winning the lottery. This is to prevent boredom that arises from having everything at the fingertips. Purchasing becomes boring as there are no more limits on what you can have and no excitement at the thought of saving up.

I was speaking to a couple on Christmas Day that have went back into work as retirement was boring, but that little extra money also helped fund holidays abroad. 

This is of course okay, but I couldn’t personally imagine desiring to go back to work if I didn’t have to. Most of us are in a job that we didn’t wish for as a child, but have a good enough salary to stick with it. I couldn’t imagine working for a business that will immediately replace me when I’m gone if I don’t need to. Spending my time making someone else rich, using my energy on someone else’s ideas. Life is too short for that!

I would spend a lot more of my free time on my blog, posting my thoughts and ideas. I would create an app or album. Something that is unique to me, spending what time I have to be as creative and innovative as possible.

The Noisettes song Scratch Your Name contains the lyrics ‘scratch your name into the fabric of this world, before you go’, and it is exactly how I feel. 

If I had the wealth and time, I’d be scratching damn hard.

Do you have days in which you want to do just everything?

I’ve had one of those days. It’s my first of eight days on annual leave and I’ve went from being on my feet for ten days straight to doing nothing. My mind is still saying ‘hmmm, shouldn’t you be doing something right now?’.

This along with my recent post on using our time wisely has resulted in a productive day. But it still doesn’t seem productive enough. I woke up, tidied a bit, made some breakfast (which admittedly is rather unusual for me), played guitar, went for a run, posted a blog entry, arranged to attend a show tomorrow, made food that will last me a few days…

But it didn’t seem enough. It’s been one of those days where I want to create an app, or think of the next big idea. I’ve been thinking of the next big travel destination and whether or not I should get back into Sunday League*.

Even on my run I was thinking, I do not really have that switch off button. But that isn’t what gets ideas rolling. Vision is important but making that vision reality is something else. That is what stops us all making dreams and ideas work. I might spend the next seven days thinking of ideas but allow them to dissipate into the nothing they once were. That’s what I need to think about the most.

*Sunday League Football in Britain is grassroots football, pretty much any pub you stumble across has it’s own team playing it an established league. The ideal football fix for us mere mortals.