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  • David Loughry 2:57 pm on March 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: advice, , personal story, , Quora   

    Interesting discussion on Quora about "wanting to do too many things in life" … 

    This relates to questions that come up when wanting and/or pursuing a life of variety:
    http://www.quora.com/Im-in-my-early-20s-and-is-there-such-thing-as-wanting-to-do-too-many-things-in-life

    It reminds me of some of the things I’ve thought about and struggled with over the years. Those struggles were part of how I came up with some of the ideas about being a variety person, and part of why I started this site!

    I guess I’m more of the opinion that it’s better to have a certain amount of variety on a daily and weekly basis. Some of the people who responded to the Quora question suggest doing one thing for a number of years and then switching. I’ve done some of that too. But I wish I had been more OK with having more variety during those times. And I wish society was more set up to allow that, rather than generally channeling people to specialize.

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    • David Loughry 3:14 pm on March 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on David Loughry and commented:

      Interesting link I shared that relates to my variety life as well, which I discuss a bit in the post.

  • David Loughry 5:16 pm on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art, art collecting, beautiful places, beauty, , fine art, , , homes, , lifestyle, , personal story, real estate, ,   

    Getting Tired of Beautiful and Special Things 

    This is a post I shared on my personal blog, but it’s perfect for here too. —David

    I don’t know about you, but I can get tired of even the most beautiful and special things. I think this is probably true for most people.

    I’ve lived in beautiful places like Boulder and Vail in Colorado, both of which I appreciated less over time. I’ve taken truly special photos, put them on my phone as the background, and gotten tired of them. I’ve made awesome art I loved and grew less fond of it, and seen amazing, historically important art in museums that started to bore me over time. I’ve listened to great music too much and cared for it less and less. You get the drift.

    This is why I think differently when I see houses by the beach, or in the mountains, or some other amazing place. I’ve realized, yes, it would be great to live there for a while, but I would not want to live there for the rest of my life, or even for too many months or years. So I would not want to pay the high premiums people pay for houses in those places! For the same reasons, I avoid collecting expensive art, as I would get tired of it so quickly.

    This line of thinking also probably implies I would get tired of being wealthy!

    The thoughts in this post are yet more arguments for variety. And when you think about variety for a while, you’ll probably realize what you want is sustainable variety. At least that’s what I realized. This means finding ways of living over weeks, and months, and years, that give you variety you don’t get tired of! I don’t want kinds of variety that are like beautiful and special things that I get tired of. I want varieties of variety, and I want that to be sustainable, so I stay engaged and have the potential to keep being engaged. I think probably one of the best ways to get sustainable variety is to also pursue sustainable proximities. I think the two go together. Although that’s another topic, for now, here’s more on what I call the sustainable proximities approach at http://proxthink.com/ways/sustainable-proximities.php.

    If some of this rings true, you might be a bit of a variety person. You might want to join us here on varietypeople.org.

     
  • David Loughry 11:51 am on May 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , personal story   

    Switching Gears 

    I’ve been working on my Artdown project a lot recently. I’m getting a bit tired of thinking about it, and working on it. I’m going to work on some other things for a while. It’s nice to have some variety. I try to set my life up so I have those kinds of options. I can’t always, but sometimes I can, and it makes a big difference.

     
  • David Loughry 8:53 pm on August 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , personal story, refreshing,   

    Variety Instead of Rest 

    Sometimes, when I’m tired, I find rest isn’t what helps. Rather, doing something different helps. In other words, sometimes, variety can be as refreshing as rest.

    So I switch from working on one thing to working on something else. Or, I stop work and go for a walk. Or even, I stop relaxing and do something productive! These kinds of switches are not taking a nap. But they can be really refreshing.

     
  • David Loughry 2:25 pm on August 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , personal story, process, surfing, trust   

    It's like surfing. Trust the process. 

    Being a variety person is a bit like surfing. You have to trust the process.

    Example: A couple hours ago, there was something I knew I should do. But I realized I didn’t want to do it. I felt more like doing the dishes. I did the dishes, and realized I had to sort of mentally process the thing I needed to do. Now I’m ready to do it.

     
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