Now you know how awkward I was as a child. I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY, INTERNET.
The good things in life
a career you really love
a loving, supportive relationship
emotional security + stability
or, in this case, a crackling fire and a warm home
are often the direct result of very slow, deeply unglamorous work.
There aren’t really any shortcuts to getting the good stuff. Discovering your talents, polishing them till they shine, and finding out how to make a living from them? That takes years (or 10,000 hours.) Trying things, failing, trying again, learning to cope with tough stuff, and emerging a smarter + better person? That takes years, too.
So you haven’t landed your dream job yet.
Or you haven’t amassed that 401k.
Or your writing skills aren’t where you’d like them to be.
Be patient. Be gentle with yourself. It takes an oak tree 20 years to produce its first acorn.
You’ll get there, slowly but surely.
And – cheesy as it sounds – you’ll burn brightly when you do.