How a 60 year timeline changed my life
It was a bit morbid, but I mapped out every detail and saw major life events, milestones, and projected health issues stack up onto each other in the timeline.
College hunting with first child
High school graduation parties
Mom's 75th birthday party
Dad's failing health
2nd child college hunting
2nd child high school graduation
Mother-in-law's failing health
1st child's college graduation
Father-in-law failing health
1st child wedding
Father passes away
2nd child wedding
1st child has kids
Mother passes away
2nd child has kids
the list goes on...
Seeing all of these events really stopped me in my tracks.
For the first time I saw the proof that I simply could NOT wait on my dreams. I saw that actually THIS window of time, while my kids are young, is the most open it's going to get.
I saw my death and everything in-between
On my timeline, I mapped out that I would die at age 108, in the year 2090. I didn't do the math to see how many years were between then and now to see 'how productive I could be." Instead, I saw that each passing year was an opportunity to figure out how to fit some semblance of art-making, even if it wasn't perfect, into my day, and that each day would build on the last and over time, what I was slowly, methodically, gently, compassionately working on would unfold into my beautiful life.
This 60 year timeline I made in 2017 was the start of a mindset shift that took years to process. I didn't start taking actual action until 3 years later in 2020 after a bunch of personal development work. A lot of people say, "the time is now," or "seize the moment" and while I agree with this sentiment, I would say, "start softly and do what you can with the time that you have."
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Good luck to us all as we push through our resistance and continue the practices that are changing our lives!
- epic bones