Linda had a house that was a small museum. The couple who previously owned it collected art, antiques, and everything cute, cuddly, folksy and charming. It was a politically correct, low budget collection that the city had recently given museum status. Her passion was to expand publicity to it, add local artists to the inventory, and open up a gallery in one of the rooms.
I said “Isn’t it funny? You get older and there are two messages. One is to pursue your cause with intensity and with what you have left. The other is to push yourself less and get some enjoyment out of the time you have left. Both conflict, but both are valid.”
She concurred. Previously she had confided that it had been a very tough year for her, the toughest which included a hospitalized husband and two kids with their difficulties. She said her body was tired.
So which is it? Make a final stand, push to the end, get the job done and die trying, sacrificing for something bigger, something to leave behind you, or enjoy, calm down, don’t push, breathe, appreciate, accept, don’t fight things, take some pleasure, flow?
There’s no answer. Both are right.
(In the picture section the second pic reflects this writing. Both were done some years ago.)