I am. Once upon a time. I’m not.

February 7, 2012 by Jared Goralnick

Jared and Dagny reflectionsIt’s important to know who you are. What’s changed. Who you’ll never be.

Do you need others? Can you predict your future?

The following is an exercise of letting it out. Join me.

I am

I am curious.  I ask a lot of questions.  I don’t hold back when I have to something to say.

I am caring.  I take care of people.  I put others before me.

I am principled.  I stick to my beliefs.  I am predictable.

I am more theory than process.  I get the concepts intuitively, even the one that says that missing the process will hold me back.

Once upon a time

Once upon a time I grew outside of my work.  I danced competitively, ran marathons, shot portraits, practiced guitar, gave myself completely to another.

Once upon a time I could simply work harder.  If I simply finished the programming project or blog post I could be done.

Once upon a time I relied more on myself than on the others around me.  If I showed up alone, I had a chance for success.

Once upon a time I shared a lot with the world.  I wrote daily, I tweeted regularly, I carried a big camera.

I’m not

I’m not the one who studies the numbers and then tweaks the details.  I’m not going to wait until a good time to push Publish on this midnight article.

I’m not patient with others.  I’m even less patient with myself.

I’m not the kind of person who sticks to one system.  Yet I need to work within constraints to make progress.

I’m not sure what a single dimension of my life will look like in 6 months from now.  But I know it’ll be okay.

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